by Kathleen Malloy, NHEO Corporate Communications
After working on the Building A Safer Future campaign for several weeks now, I have learned the value and importance of safety in the workplace. However, it wasn’t until I interviewed a laborer, that I truly realized and began to understand the safety challenges that construction workers face on a daily basis.
After interviewing Frank Lucatuorto III, laborer of Metro Paving LLC, located in West Babylon, New York, I was given a little more insight on those day-to- day challenges. Frankie’s number one challenge that he faces is People Versus Equipment.
Frankie explained that, “Most of the time we have to work very close to moving equipment and are not always in the best view of the operators.” He then went on to provide a potential solution to this problem by saying, “It could be prevented with more visible clothing, or something /someone being set as a warning.”
Frankie’s second most difficult challenge is with Barricade Intrusions. He proposed, “They could be prevented with better visual signs, signals, and proper barricade setups.”
Frankie’s third and final challenge would be Falls. He said that, “Falls are closely related to barricade intrusion. Falls can be prevented by having warning signs and better cautioned off area layouts.”
After hearing about these daily struggles, it occurred to me that Frankie isn’t the only construction worker who faces these challenges. These safety hazards affect not only the workers themselves, but also their families.
Safety is such a huge part of construction, and Building A Safer Future campaign can aid organizations in finding solutions and ways to address these problems. By participating in Building A Safer Future we can help strengthen our communities, and truly make a difference in people’s lives!