Each year, crane operators and construction workers are injured or lose their lives due to exposed or underground power lines. Most receive serious injuries from electrocutions which can scorch the body from the inside out.
Depending on the severity of the injury, victims usually must live with recurring medical issues and debilitating pains for the rest of their lives. With the cost of surgeries and long recovery periods, families of injured workers experience a drain on finances they cannot replenish.
In addition, damaged and cut power lines also knock out power for thousands of residents in the surrounding area. Maintenance and repair usually takes days leaving residents around construction sites without power.
However, with proper planning and prevention practices, cases like the following can be avoided:
- A worker was injured in Perth as a crane collapsed on power lines at a worksite. The man received a serious electrical shock and lost his life despite medical intervention.
- A crane operator was electrocuted when the boom load line made contact with power lines. 7,200 volts surged through his body, killing him on the spot while knocking out power.
- The boom of a concrete pump came into contact with power lines, instantly electrocuting and burning the nozzleman and another worker who tried to assist him.
- More than 10,000 residents were out of power when a crane came down on power lines. Roads were blocked in both directions of the accident and a bridge was shut down to prevent further injuries.
- A young worker was fatally electrocuted after the crane he was operating hit power lines that were mistaken for telephone lines. A farmer who tried to save him was also electrocuted as he was thrown back due to the shock. The worker died at the scene and the farmer had to be hospitalized for serious injuries.
- A construction worker had to be rescued by firefighters when the basket on the boom truck he was on ventured near high-tension power lines. The worker was stuck for 3 hours. Even though the basket didn’t touch the lines, it was close enough for the lines to energize them and cause an arc.
- A scrap metal collector was fatally electrocuted when he hit power lines as he was collecting discarded metal cages. Despite a yellow warning sign marking the cables, the worker came into contact with the lines and lost his life. The farmer who owned the land was ordered to pay upwards of $150,000 as compensation. The court decided that the accident could have been prevented if he had determined and managed the risks involved beforehand.
360Training’s Construction Safety Courses
For more than a decade, 360Training has been providing workplace safety courses for professionals that have saved countless lives and prevented debilitating injuries. This includes courses that cover 10 and 30 hours respectively such as:
30 Hour Construction Safety Certification
The 30 Hour Construction Safety Certification from 360Training is a holistic training program that is ideal for anyone working in the construction industry. It is designed specifically for workers who supervise on the field as well as foremen and safety directors who work onsite. Some of the topics on offer include an overview of worker rights, types of labels, evaluating safety data sheets, and responsibilities of supervisors and employers.
Workers should also receive additional training according to OSHA standards regarding specific hazards that are common in construction sites. Once they complete the 30-hour course, students will receive a completion card that can be printed afterwards.
10 Hour Construction Safety Certification
The 10 Hour Construction Safety Certification is meant to provide entry level construction workers with working knowledge regarding their safety and health on a site.
Some of the topics covered include OSHA inspection priorities, the aim of the OSHA act, OSHA inspection processes, importance of safety measures and PPE in the workplace, determining hazardous materials, how to use hand tools, how to use power tools, scaffold safety, and scaling stairways and ladders.
By taking appropriate precautions, you can ensure your workers remain safe on construction sites, remain compliant with OSHA safety standards, and reduce downtime/injuries in the workplace. Sign up for the courses today.