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What Are the 4 Most Important Safety Gear on Construction Sites? Austin Accident Lawyer Investigates

By Luke Dow on August 22, 2016

The numbers don’t lie: Construction is the most dangerous industry in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 92 construction workers died on the job every week in 2014.

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The vast majority of these tragedies were preventable. One of the main contributing factors was a lack of safety gear. According to Standard 1910.132 of Occupational Safety and Health Standards, construction employers are required to provide the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to help workers avoid injuries. In some cases, though, construction site supervisors do not provide the appropriate safety gear – and employees suffer the consequences.

If you were injured on the job in Texas, contact The Luke Dow Law Firm. A personal-injury attorney in Austin will gather evidence, structure your claim, and help you pursue the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about work-related injury claims in Texas.

Read on for a brief overview of the most important safety gear on construction sites:

  1. Hard Hats
Construction site workers can suffer head injuries due to falling objects, low beams and electrical shocks. These hazards often cause traumatic brain injuries, which can be fatal or have permanent cognitive effects. For this reason, employees must wear hard hats when there is a risk of head injuries.
  1. Face and Eye Protection
According to OSHA, workers should always wear safety glasses or visors that shield their faces when performing tasks that may cause foreign objects to enter their eyes. Examples of these tasks include welding, nailing, grinding, cutting and working with chemicals.
  1. Protective Footwear
Suitable footwear can serve several purposes on a construction site. It can reduce the risk of a slip and fall accident and keep workers secure on unstable surfaces. Durable construction boots with steel toes and puncture-resistant soles can prevent broken bones, lacerations and amputation.
  1. Work Gloves
Many workers choose not to wear hand protection because they believe it can make certain tasks uncomfortable or more difficult. However, work gloves can prevent cuts, broken bones and finger amputation. Also, electrician gloves can help employees avoid electrocution. Workers should have access to hand protection that complements their specific tasks.

If you were injured while working on a construction site in Texas, contact The Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin accident lawyer who is board-certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He can protect your interests and help you avoid mistakes during the workers’ compensation claims process.

If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, Mr. Dow can help you file an appeal. However, there are time limits to making an appeal, so you should take action immediately. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

 

 

 

 

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