Q What can I do on the job site to prevent getting burned by asphalt?
Construction sites are often quite dangerous, and those in Morris Plains are no exception. A construction zone can be described as controlled chaos, but when the chaos takes control, you may be in danger.
Between large and heavy machines, dangerous tools, and many different people all working in a tight area, accidents occur quite frequently. Commonly found on construction sites, asphalt is one of the most hazardous materials you will come in contact with. Reaching over 300 degrees Fahrenheit, this scorching, thick sludge can cause life-threatening burns.
Keeping Yourself Safe on the Site
Along with wearing protective equipment, you increase your chances of staying safe by staying aware of what is going on all around you and regularly following these practices:
- Avoid moving between the paving machines and backing trucks.
- Take care when asphalt trucks are making deliveries, as the trucker may be inexperienced and unfamiliar with your site’s particular asphalt practices.
- Avoid standing or working near the hopper of the paving machine when a materials truck is making its final dump.
- Make sure you wear the proper gear when working with asphalt, including goggles, protective gloves that cover your wrists, cuffless pants, heavy boots, and long-sleeved shirts.
- Do not perform any equipment repairs until workers are protected from the movement of equipment or its parts.
If, despite your best efforts, an injury occurs, get help immediately. Get yourself to Overlook Hospital-Purchasing or the nearest emergency room. If you cannot seek treatment right away, remove any clothes from the burn, unless you think doing so will make the injury worse. Keep warm and run minor burns under cool tap water, but never apply ice cold water or ice directly to the injury.
Don’t Allow Injustice to Occur
Your boss may convince you the accident was your fault in order to prevent you filing a lawsuit against him. If you believe your injury was the result of unsafe working conditions, the legal team of Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. may be able to help.