Cell phone use in the workplace is a growing safety concern. Mobile device accidents are on the rise in construction and causing accidents at an alarming rate.
Most businesses today operate and communicate through cell phones/digital information. The inappropriate use of cell phones in the workplace has become a big challenge for the construction industry. Being aware of your surroundings is your responsibility.
OSHA has started to place civil and criminal liability on employees that have been on their mobile devices while causing an accident.
OSHA regulations squarely forbid the use of cell phones in construction regulations pertaining to cranes and derricks (29 C.F.R. § 1926.1417(d)), but the hazard exists across any dangerous equipment. Accordingly, active operation during the use of industrial equipment should be strictly prohibited.
I personally took this photo to the upper left. This young man was leaving the jobsite with his face buried into his cell phone and walked right into the path of a loader. He kept walking with his face down disregarding his and others safety around him.