To many, it seems unusual that a fire could begin in an active and busy construction site. With so many workers present, it is reasonable to believe fires are preventable. However, fires continue to plague many active work sites in the Cleveland area and often result in injurious construction accidents. Understanding how and why these blazes occur is the first step in implementing an effective fire prevention plan.
This post contains information explaining why fires occur during construction projects. Even if your supervisor does nothing to address the risks, this information can raise your awareness about fire hazards. In turn, you will be better equipped to avoid construction accident injuries if a blaze does occur.
Electricity: Construction sites rely on electricity to power their tools, equipment and temporary lighting or heaters. If installed incorrectly, these electrical sources could result in a fire.
Materials: Many of the materials used in construction are combustible or flammable. Caution is necessary when using and storing these materials.
Welding: In addition to immediate fires caused by this type of “hot work,” sparks from welding can cause a blaze hours later as well. All work sites should have a fire prevention plan in place to prevent fire-involved construction accidents.
Negligence: Finally, negligent behaviors on the part of your co-workers can also lead to a fire. Examples include carelessly smoking or cooking on the worksite.
The good news is that if you suffer injuries in a worksite fire or other type of construction accident, workers’ compensation will help you cope financially in the aftermath. If you experience difficulty in filing a claim or receive a claim denial, an attorney can help you find the right legal remedy.