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How can construction workers stay safe on the job?

The construction industry in Pennsylvania is thriving, thanks to the hard work and dedication of workers like you. However, the construction industry can be fraught with hazards if workers and their employers do not practice workplace safety. As in other industries, construction work needs safety measures to keep workers injury-free and to keep work flowing. Safety on-the-job benefits everyone from the worker to the client.

Everyone involved has a role to play in maintaining safety. Employers must provide a safe place in which to work and workers must practice individual as well as group safety measures. Regular safety training and compliance with OSHA's (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) published regulations must also be practiced and enforced. If you are employed in the construction industry here are a few tips you can practice on an individual basis to stay safe while performing your job duties:

-- Be aware of your balance: This means to pay attention to how the weight of tool belts and other equipment may affect your balance

-- Lift objects and loads properly: Remaining aware of the proper way to lift can prevent back injuries

-- Use ergonomic equipment and tools: Encourage your employer to provide ergonomically correct tools to prevent carpel tunnel and other injuries

-- Work safer at low levels: To avoid straining your mid-section and your knees, avoid kneeling or squatting in favor of sitting down on a stable surface

These few points are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to safety in the construction industry. Staying aware of the hazards and stressing safety across the board is always a good idea. If you have already been injured while working, you have a right to workers' compensation benefits. A lawyer can help you file your claim or assist you if your claim is denied.

Source: Safety Services Company, "5 Safety Tips for Construction Workers on Avoiding Stress and Injury," accessed July 14, 2016

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