When working on a construction site or high-risk workplace, there are many dangers that you need to be aware of. In addition, your employer has the responsibility to make sure that the workplace is as safe as possible and that all employees are educated on how to prevent injuries.
Injuries due to falling debris is one of the more common causes of injuries on construction sites. Falling objects have the potential to cause very serious injuries to the head and brain; therefore, it is important that extra care is taken to prevent such accidents.
Preventing injuries due to falling debris in the workplace
There are many things that can be implemented by employers and employees alike to prevent accidents from happening. When it comes to lifting loads, it is vital that they are adequately secured. Extra care can be taken by wrapping loads in plastic when they are being lifted in order to give the load additional stability. However, heavier loads may require metal or cloth wraps, and the heat conditions should be considered, since plastic can melt or stretch in high temperatures.
Sometimes, falling debris is inevitable; therefore, giving warning is the most appropriate and the safest thing to do. Employers should make sure that appropriate signage is in place to warn employees and visitors of the potential dangers in some parts of the workplace.
If you have been injured by falling debris in a California workplace, it is likely that you will be entitled to damages through workers’ compensation. Therefore, it is important to take action and understand your rights.