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Safety rules can reduce heavy equipment accidents

Working at a construction site can be hazardous to a person's health. By taking a few precautions, Illinois residents who operate heavy machinery can cut down on their chances of being involved in a workplace accident. Construction workers suffer 150,000 injuries a year nationwide, with 824 being killed on the job in 2013. By following a few common-sense guidelines, construction companies and their employees may be able to cut down on the number of work-related injuries, according to workplace safety experts.

First, companies should make sure the heavy equipment machinery is in good working condition. Then companies need to provide their employees with the proper training on operating any heavy equipment. Operators should make sure they are thoroughly familiar with how a machine works. When operating the machine, workers need to pay close attention to what they are doing as even a brief lapse in concentration could be enough to cause a serious accident. Neither companies nor workers should rush jobs as fast work and shortcuts might result in an accident as well.

Construction companies also should have safety policies and procedures in place for their workers. Companies also should keep themselves updated on the latest safety procedures, making sure to pass the information along to their workers.

Unfortunately, construction worker accidents will still happen even when all safety rules are followed. Workers injured on the job may be eligible for workers' compensation to assist them in getting through the recuperation period. If their claim is accepted, they should follow all instructions from their medical providers. If the claim is not accepted, they may want to consult an attorney for assistance.

Source: EHS Today, "5 Tips to Safely Operate Heavy Machinery", James White, November 20, 2014

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