3 Facts Road Builders Need to Know About
Did you know that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most fatal occupational injuries at road construction sites are caused by workers being struck by mobile equipment or vehicles? While there’s plenty that factors into this grim statistic, there are three simple ways to prevent tragedy before it strikes.
#1: Stay Vigilant
Always look before making any move – even if it’s taking a few steps to one side. Pay close attention to any potential hazards around you at all times, and monitor movement. Try to stand in a space with an unobstructed view of potential hazards, and remember – every road worker is responsible for collectively ensuring that all traffic channeling devices are placed appropriately.
#2: Slam the Breaks
Parking breaks must be applied to all equipment. While it might sound obvious, make sure you never stand below any suspended equipment like booms, arms, or buckets. In these areas, it’s crucial to be particularly vigilant.
#3: High Visibility Clothing
Road workers are a lot less likely to be struck if they can be seen from afar – and that’s where high-visibility clothing comes in. In fact, many Federal U.S. Government agencies mandate the use of high-visibility clothing on specific construction sites.
Ultimately, while you can’t control the careless actions of others, you can – to a large extent – take control of your own safety and well-being. Kolossus Workwear’s High Visibility Clothing Collection makes sure you’re seen from every angle, avoiding disaster before it has a chance to strike.