It’s no secret that working on a construction site is among the most dangerous jobs out there. Even with advanced protective gear, significant regulation in place, and the best of intentions by all involved, the construction industry routinely records five times as many fatal accidents as any other industry in the U.S.
In many cases, post-accident investigation reveals that the situation could have been avoided. But, the combination of over-confidence (which is often supported by experience) and a hectic, speed-favoring workflow, even the most safety-conscious individuals can cut corners, overlook warning signs, or otherwise put themselves in a dangerous position. When inexperienced workers intermingle with their more experienced peers, it’s also common for them to get in over their heads, perhaps without others nearby — or even they themselves — realizing the dangerous situation that creates.
In all these cases and more, safety concerns and the accidents they promote happen fast. Regrettably, it’s only after the fact that everything can be sorted out and, hopefully, lessons learned.
But, maybe that won’t be the case for long.