Working in a construction industry exposes you to various risks and hazards. In the construction site, safety is one of the most important concerns that should be taken into utmost consideration.
In planning the construction project, it is vital that all employees and blue-collar workers are informed and educated about the high risks of injury and death so they understand the importance of upholding the rules. Some of these rules are requirements imposed by the law; others are common sense. Abiding by all regulations, no matter how simple, can prevent any avoidable accident.
Prevention is better than cure. Here are some precautions before one steps into the construction site:
- Donning a safety gear is a must. Every person who enters the site should wear a hardhat, eye protection glasses, gloves and proper safety footwear. Only authorised personnel should be allowed entry.
- Only competent workers should be hired.
- Workers should be in good health and proper state to assume their construction job. A sick employee is better off resting at home than risk his and others’ safety.
- If a worker has a fear of heights or suffers from anxiety or dizzy spells, he shouldn’t be put to work at high places to avoid death by falling.
- To prevent back injuries, it’s important to know the right way to lift heavy weights. If the object is too heavy, assistance must be provided.
- A construction contractor should make sure that all employees know their duties and responsibilities and understand the risks involved.
- Workers should know how and when to use the right tools. Training may be required on the usage on certain power tools.
- A worker shouldn’t be left unsupervised especially when working around heavy machinery or in dangerous areas. Construction tasks should only be undertaken when other employees are onsite.
- When working at elevated levels, safety harnesses should be worn at all times to prevent injuries or death.
- Entry should be prohibited at dangerous areas. These places should be barricaded so workers and visitors won’t enter.
- Scaffolds should be built following regulations. Secure scaffold planks properly to avoid workers from dropping heavy objects or falling off the scaffolds.
- Debris and litter should be cleared out around the base of a ladder being used. Safety feet must be attached to the legs of a ladder in use. The ladder should extend about three above the landing. Defective or unreliable ladders should be tagged and removed from the site.
- If a trench exceeds five feet, it should be sloped to prevent collapse. A worker should never go down a trench if it is not sloped.
- Air in confined spaces may be little or filled with flammable or poisonous gases. A qualified professional should test the air with a detector before anyone enters.
- Electrical flow in the construction site can possibly be not set to normal safety standards. Electrical grounding and electricity supplies should be frequently checked. When the surroundings are wet, ground fault circuit interrupters should be used to avoid electrocution. Three-pong plugs are recommended.
Stringent adherence to health and safety advisor standards and statutory regulations is vital for the construction process.
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