Tennessee Construction Injury Law: Bridge Collapses
Bridges are one of our society’s biggest achievements in architectural as well as structural engineering, and enable us to maintain essential transportation of our products, services, and information. However, their construction does not come without inherent dangers. For instance, at least 20 people lost their lives by the time the Brooklyn Bridge’s construction had been completed in 1883. What’s more, throughout the time of the Golden Gate Bridge’s construction, 11 workers had been killed in accidents.
But still, our dependence upon these bridges necessitates their timely construction and proper maintenance. Reports from the Federal Highway Administration certain states have shown almost a quarter of all bridges inside their borders have integral deficiencies, and Tennessee has more than 20,000 throughout the state. All of these and more are currently in need of reparations and updates, not to mention that new ones are constantly being built as well.
OSHA Safety Standards for Bridges
However, it is important to note that construction workers are not the only ones who are at risk with our nation’s bridges. As reported by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), work like this comes with risks to contractors, inspectors, engineers, equipment operators, and others both on and off site. A few of the most common causes of bridge-related construction accidents include the following:
- Serious falls
- Slippery or wet conditions
- Direct contact with electrical equipment, power lines, or other utilities
- Hazards posed by power tools
- Falling and/or flying objects
- Exposure to harmful chemicals or substances
- Welding or torch burns and accidents
Dangers of Bridge Collapses
Due to the increasingly heightened risk involved in working on these types of construction sites, numerous safety hazard programs and protocols have been established by the Federal Highway Administration for those working any form of bridge construction. For companies who employ construction workers to develop and destroy bridges, these regulations require the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all employees and visitors of the site. This PPE should include protection for the ears, eyes, hands, head, and feet. All job sites should be adequately equipped to prevent falls, which should include suitable training on fall prevention for every worker, safety nets, personal fall arrest systems, and guardrail structures.
When it comes to scaffolding, all construction companies should ensure that all OSHA regulations are strictly adhered to. Such guidelines will involve the utilization of licensed individuals to provide inspections on equipment prior to and following every shift, discern the level of danger weather conditions could pose, and discern fall prevention necessities.
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Safe Operation of Vehicles & Equipment
Lastly, mechanized and motorized equipment and vehicles should always be thoroughly inspected before its use to establish its safe working condition. Every vehicle and piece of equipment should be adequately equipped with safety reflectors as well as sufficiently bright lights. Managers of these sites should additionally ensure that only the individuals who are authorized to operate equipment do so. Also remember that the vehicle in operation may require a Commercial Driver’s License to legally operate if their weight exceeds 26,000 pounds.
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