Are Hard Hats Enough to Keep Construction Workers Safe?

The nature of construction sites is dangerous and always presents risks to construction workers and pedestrians. Even the most minor mistake can result in severe personal injuries. Small mistakes that create falling debris are often the cause of major injuries. We have to ask: are hard hats enough to keep construction workers safe?

Common Mistakes that Cause Injury to Construction Workers

Some of the most common oversights, missteps, or mistakes at construction sites that lead to personal injuries include:

  • Insufficient barricades – pedestrians should be prevented from entering a construction site zone to protect them from personal injuries. Individuals who are close enough to the site to be a victim of falling debris should wear hard hats for protection.
  • Insufficient signage and warnings – when construction is taking place in a public area, it is imperative that proper warning signs are in place. Instructions requiring hard hats should be clearly posted at all entrances to the construction site if falling debris is a hazard.
  • Failure to inspect equipment – if hooks, cords and equipment are not inspected and properly maintained, then debris and heavy objects can fall when the equipment fails. Flawed equipment should be replaced immediately. Hard hats are not adequate to protect from heavy objects, but lighter debris should not be a problem if hard hats are worn.
  • Forgetting to secure tools – many injuries are a result of falling tools. Tools have to be moved often at construction sites and they are subject to fall when left unsecured.

Personal Injury Representation from a PA Lawyer

Construction workers and pedestrians may be eligible to file an Austin personal injury claim if the injuries are incurred from falling debris. Hard hats may not offer enough protection. If you need to file a personal injury claim or a workers compensation claim, you need to enlist the representation of a TX lawyer from Shaw Cowart, LLP. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.