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Common California Construction Site Injuries - II

Today's workers' compensation defense post will continue to explore the topic of common injuries suffered by employees on construction sites. Please see "Common California Construction Site Injuries - I" for more information.

Visit any construction site around the state of California, and you will see workers operating heavy equipment, carrying heavy loads, pushing or pulling building materials, lifting lumber or holding roofing tiles over their heads. While these types of actions are a vital element of job performance, they can also result in potentially debilitating injuries, decreased production and increased legal fees.    

However, employers who are aware of these potential injuries can take steps to implement the necessary safety measures, saving their organization both time and money.

The following safety measures, if implemented correctly, can greatly reduce the incidence and/or duration of the aforementioned construction site injuries.

Safety Measures

User-friendly Materials

If economically feasible and permitted by the client, the implementation of certain "user-friendly" building materials/components can have a significant impact on neck, back and spine injuries

"User-friendly" materials are those that can be handled by workers without extensive exertion, repetitive motion or uncomfortable body posture.

To illustrate, it may be beneficial to use to half-weight bags of concrete or lighter construction blocks. Please note, such an action is generally subject to approval by engineers, architects, contractors, clients, etc.

User-friendly Tools

Another potential method of reducing the number of serious neck, back and spine injuries is to use "user-friendly" construction tools and devices, meaning those that reduce the need for workers to pull, hold, lift or carry heavy materials. 

Examples of these user-friendly tools include:

• Jacks and stands
• Dollies and Rolling carts
• Specialized grips and handles
• Mechanical lifts, vacuum lifts and hydraulic lifts

Again, such an action is generally subject to approval by engineers, architects, contractors, clients, etc.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Stay tuned for more from our Los Angeles County workers' compensation defense blog...

Related Resources:
  
• Simple Solutions for Lifting, Holding and Handling Materials (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

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