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4 ways to protect construction sites against pedestrian injuries

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | Construction Accidents, Personal Injury |

Construction sites are hubs of activity where buildings and infrastructure take shape. However, amid the hustle and bustle of construction work, pedestrian safety is important.

Every year, many accidents occur at construction sites involving pedestrians. Each highlights the need for safety measures to protect those walking nearby.

1. Adequate signage and barriers

Construction is one of the top industries in Long Island. On these sites, clear signage and barriers should serve as visual cues. They alert individuals to the presence of construction activities and guide them from potentially hazardous areas.

Signage should be prominent and indicate pedestrian pathways, detours and areas where construction work is underway. Barriers should be sturdy and well-maintained to prevent unauthorized access. They should also ensure that pedestrians remain at a safe distance from construction equipment and materials.

2. Designated walkways

Designating specific walkways for pedestrians separate from construction zones should minimize the risk of accidents. These walkways should have clear marks and be clear of debris and obstructions. Additionally, adequate lighting along these pathways enhances visibility, especially in low-light conditions or during nighttime construction activities.

3. Regular inspections

Regular inspections of construction sites can identify potential hazards and address them promptly. Site supervisors should conduct thorough inspections to ensure that workers are following safety protocols, signage is in place and visible and barriers are in proper positions. Inspectors should immediately address any hazards or safety concerns to mitigate the risk of accidents.

4. Employee training

Construction site workers play a role in maintaining pedestrian safety. Comprehensive training programs should cover topics such as the proper use of equipment, the importance of maintaining clear walkways and communication strategies for interacting with pedestrians.

Unfortunately, construction companies do not always implement these measures. When they do, they can create safer environments for everyone.