As a laborer, you face many challenges in your day-to-day work. While some remain obvious, some aspects of the work may seem harmless.
In 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics had 2,654,700 recordable cases of nonfatal workplace injuries. Knowing hidden dangers may help you avoid becoming one of those numbers.
1. Work zone visibility
While you focus on the task, what about the surroundings? With so much activity happening on a work site, it means an increased chance of an incident happening. Even if you work in an area with clear boundary markings, others may not pay attention enough to notice.
2. Loud noises
If you constantly work around heavy equipment, it puts you at risk for hearing loss. A typical construction site has equipment putting out 80 to 120 decibels. For humans, anything above 85 decibels has long-lasting effects on hearing.
3. UV ray exposure
While a perfect sunny day may make the work more enjoyable, it also means exposure to UV rays. No matter the time of year, constant exposure puts you at high risk for burns and skin cancer. Along with the skin, the sun’s rays also negatively impact your eyes.
4. Falling objects
If the worksite requires climbing a ladder or working above the ground level, you face something potentially falling from above. Even a small tool accidentally dropped from 15 feet may cause a severe or fatal injury.
You have a tough job that requires skill and focus. Staying alert, beefing up your protection and checking the site for potential risks may help you avoid an injury.