California is home to many types of construction projects, and the recent weather and environmental phenomena has done little to slow progress. In fact, property destruction at both ends of the state has increased demolition and land clearing projects, both of which contain many dangers.
A California family lost a husband and father when he died after a wall collapsed on him at the construction site where he was working. The 51-year-old father of three was working and eating lunch in a trench with another construction worker on the site of a new car dealership when a wall collapsed on the pair.
Construction is one of the greatest drivers of California's economy, as well as one of the results of its great success in attracting residents and workers. Increasing numbers of buildings under construction, as well as the heights and engineering challenges of new designs, demand attention to prevent injuries or fatalities on construction sites.
Construction in California drives one of the world's greatest economies and provides jobs to thousands of workers. Construction sites can be hazardous, regardless of precautions, and mistakes or poor conditions can cause the most serious of consequences.
Drivers can make mistakes. High speed over rough ground may be too appealing. A seat belt can seem too much trouble. These are a few of the many workplace situations that can lead to injury, damage or death with motorized machinery.
The ladder is probably one of the most useful tools in a construction worker's arsenal. It is also one of the most taken for granted and most poorly maintained. Construction workers use ladders for a range of work activities from simply reaching a ceiling to climbing up on the roof of a building.
The construction industry in California is large and varied. As such, the risks of personal injury to construction workers in the state are considerable and complex. Many construction projects are continuously ongoing in all parts of the state. At any time, office buildings, hospitals, residential homes and other types of structures are in the process of construction. Roadway repair, maintenance and construction are also continuously ongoing.
Summer is the prime season for construction work across the nation as well as in California. Having plenty of work is good for everyone, but the busy summer season can lead to more construction workers' accidents.
As a construction worker, you do your best to construct secure and structurally-sound buildings and homes. You want the occupants and inhabitants to feel safe and protected, knowing every precaution was taken during the building process to do so.
If there is one tool you can find on most California construction sites, it is the nail gun, especially in residential construction. Nail gun incidents are not in the list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) "fatal four" construction worker's accidents, which includes falls, electrocutions, struck by objects and caught-in/between. However, use of a nail guns is the cause of a large number of construction workers' accidents.