If you’ve been in the industry long enough, then you must know just how dangerous a construction site can be to all those working in it. From performing risky tasks hundreds of feet above the ground to handling heavy duty equipment and machinery which are naturally dangerous, your workers are exposed to a great deal of risk all the time. This is why you must take the necessary measures to ensure that the building location is as safe as it can be for your employees, and here are a few pointers to get you started.
Personal Protective Equipment
These are the equipment that must be worn by the individual workers and these requirements will vary greatly depending on the nature of activities performed by them. Hard hats are generally important to everyone and they will protect the troops from anything that may fall on their heads while working. The ones who perform a lot of heavy lifting must wear back bracers and perform the tasks in the correct posture to minimize the damage caused to the body. Safety goggles are essential for those who engage in cutting or welding activities in order to keep their eyes safe from flying debris and intense light. Non-skid rubber footwear is a must for the troops who work in areas with slippery or wet surfaces and gloves with high grip will assist them in lifting and carrying loads around the site.
When Working At Elevated Levels
While some building sites are not higher than just a couple of floors, some might be as high hundreds! Regardless, a fall will obviously result in some form of injury or even death and therefore, steps must be taken to prevent them from happening as much as possible. Workers must secure themselves to a sturdy structure using a harness or an anchor before engaging in such tasks and check at least twice to make sure that they are latched on properly. It is also necessary to always have another individual to monitor what is happening around them and to communicate with them at all times, so that action can be taken if things go wrong. The sharp ends of exposed rebars must be bent using rebar benders to lessen the possibility of injury while safety nets can also be used to cover over such areas.
Loading And Unloading
A considerably high number of accidents in construction sites occur around the loading and unloading areas, mainly due to lack of vigilance and attention. With so many moving materials, equipment and people, it is easy to lose focus and make a blunder that could have catastrophic consequences. This is why it is important to effectively demarcate the area allocated specifically for the loading and unloading activities using signage, railing, and horns.
In addition, the employees who handle forklifts and other loading machinery must be advised to always seek the help of another worker positioned at a vantage point when performing the activities. This way, the possibility of accidents can be minimized significantly, even if the facility is overcrowded.