Masonry Workers at Risk
Masonry work involves unique risks that could lead to construction accidents and injuries. Masons are a type of construction worker responsible for building structures from multiple components such as bricks. Using a mortar, masons join these materials together to form a permanent bond. When constructing structures such as floors, buildings, columns, and beams, masons are often at risk of being involved in construction accidents.
Types of Accidents Involving Masonry Work
Depending on the specific work involved and the type of work environment, different types of accidents could take place that may warrant workers’ compensation. These accidents include:
- Heavy objects falling
- Slip and fall accidents
- Walls collapsing or caving in
- Lifting, moving, or carrying heavy objects
- Electrical shock
Other types of accidents that masonry workers may experience could include excavation collapses, contact with sharp or protruding objects, noxious chemical exposure, or contact with extreme temperatures. Hazardous building dust could also cause illness over time due to repeat or heavy exposure.
How to Reduce the Risk of Masonry Accidents
To create a safer workspace for masons, there are steps that both employers and employees can take.
One way to make masonry work safer is to install work surfaces that are stable and unlikely to break or collapse. This can help prevent both people and objects from falling off of these surfaces. A series of the lower, middle, and upper wood planks and fencing can help support various surfaces. Safely positioned ladders can further prevent potential accidents involving folding or slipping.
Certain safety gear can also keep workers protected in the event of a work-related accident. For example, masons can wear safety shoes featuring anti-skid soles, along with personal protective equipment such as goggles and helmets. Work clothes should also help protect against extreme weather conditions, and safety outfits and gloves can provide protection when handling cold or hot materials.
When moving or lifting large heavy or awkward objects, it’s important to practice safe lifting practices or seek assistance if needed. Pathways and work surfaces should also remain clear of debris that could cause slip and fall accidents. Unclear pathways and surfaces increase the risk of compound accidents involving the transportation of heavy objects.
In the event of a work-related injury, different types of compensation may be available through a claim. However, maintaining a safe workspace will mitigate the risk of injury for masons and other workers.