Falls account for a large amount of on the job injuries, especially in construction. Because of that, many of the safety precautions construction workers take revolve around preventing falls. Unfortunately for 40 year old Santosh Nayak, a construction worker from India, he not only fell from the building he was working on, but landed face down on top of a 6 foot long piece of steel rebar, according to Central European News.
It was a race against the clock to save Nayak’s life, as the rod ruptured his liver, diaphragm and one of his lungs, but doctors now say he is recovering. According to reports, it took the doctors at Apollo Hospital about 2 hours to remove the rebar from his abdomen. Nayak had to sit upright during the entire procedure.
Below is a picture of the man in the hospital before the rebar was removed.
This story is a tough example of how certain safety precautions can reduce major injuries like this. Fall protection measurements and rebar caps could have kept his injuries from being so serious. It’s also a great time to remind your team about the proper procedures when a worker is impaled by any object. According to firstaid.about.com, if you are tending to someone who has been impaled, you should stay safe, call 911, DO NOT REMOVE THE OBJECT (but if it MUST be removed, follow these steps to control the bleeding), do not apply pressure to the object if it’s in an eyeball, shorten the impaled object safely if an ambulance is not available or the patient needs to be moved, secure the object after it’s as short as possible, and follow basic first aid tips.
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The lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedure has been one of the critical elements of electrical safety training on construction sites for a decade. Generally, it’s pretty simple: if you need to work on an energized circuit or piece of equipment, shut down the breaker, put a lock on it so no one can turn it back on, and place a tag on it with your information. OSHA is considering updating the standard now and is currently requesting information from interested parties.
As the United States just recently suffered another tragic and deadly construction incident involving civilians after a crane collapsed in Seattle over the weekend, we’re reminded that the bridge collapse on FIU’s campus in Miami in early 2018 still has many unanswered questions.
For the past 3 years, Seattle, Washington has had the most construction cranes out of any United States city. But, as we know, from various videos and news stories, a crane collapse can have absolutely devastating consequences. On Saturday, a crane collapsed in downtown Seattle onto an open road below, killing two construction workers, 2 pedestrians, and injuring several others in the process.
All trench collapse deaths are preventable. As soon as everyone on a job site starts believing that we might actually make some progress. In just the past 10 days, there have been 4 trench collapse deaths across 3 separate incidents, further highlighting how far we still need to go.
Falls on the jobsite is the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in construction. Keeping up with housekeeping on your site is a great way to reduce risks of falls, but other protections, like rebar caps should be installed when rebar is exposed. A young construction worker recently found out the hard way what happens when rebar is left exposed.
On April 3, a congressional appropriations hearing was held to discuss the U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal funding for fiscal year 2020. During the hearing, the secretary of Labor, R. Alexander Acosta, told the committee how OSHA plans to spend their budget and how the agency fared in the previous year.
Safety training in the construction industry is necessary to build worker awareness – not to mention that it’s legally required – but it can be extremely time consuming and expensive to have completed. There are many companies out there looking to make money off of keeping workers safe, which is why it’s great when a company offers training free of charge, like Procore’s Safety Qualified program.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.