Construction sites are extremely perilous. In the US alone, there are an estimated 10,000 injuries and fatalities every year. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these numbers are higher than the number of deaths caused by any other industry. Of course, construction sites are not inherently dangerous. Most of these accidents are caused due to negligence and lack of proper safety measures. These accidents can be easily prevented by following proper safety measures and with the right equipment.
As the summer months approach, the following tips can help prevent injuries and accidents.
Tip #1: Pay attention to the signs.
Whether you’re out walking, cycling, or driving a vehicle, construction signs can be easily overlooked. They’re often blocking off the road or sidewalk for a good reason. Paying attention to these is vital in avoiding a serious accident. If you see a sign that there are workers present, that means you need to pay extra attention to the crew. Be wary of any nearby power lines, and never, ever walk under them while they’re alive.
If you encounter any actual workers, be sure you slow down and give them space so they can do their job without being distracted. If there are any flashing lights on the equipment or vehicles parked nearby, be sure to stop at the stop line if it’s safe enough to do so or yield to oncoming traffic. Any vehicles parked along the side of the road or on sidewalks should be given plenty of room so they’re not impeding anyone’s way.
Tip #2: Wear the Right Gear
Construction workers often wear hard hats, but are they wearing the right kind? Look for a hat that shows you’re complying with applicable safety regulations. Additionally, invest in gloves and steel-toed boots that follow industry regulations. Understand how to use the equipment you’re supplied as well. For example, if you’re using a scaffolding, make sure you know how to safely operate it. In many cases, this is a matter of using proper safety measures and with the right equipment.
Any job in the construction field poses some risk. Workers should know what to look out for and what the company expects of them. Construction site supervisors should know the risk factors and provide training so the workers know how to handle their jobs safely.
Tip#4: Don’t compromise on safety equipment.
Workers should always use eye protection at a construction site. If a hard hat is not practical, workers should wear a helmet and a face mask. They should also use gloves and closed-toed shoes with rubber soles. These protective gear will protect them from injuries such as scratches, bruises, and cuts that can be caused by falling objects or projectiles.
Tip #5: Make sure you’re equipped with a modern fire suppression system.
The two main components of a fire suppression system are a fire detector and a sprinkler head. The detector senses a fire and alerts the sprinkler heads to flood the area with water, putting out the fire before it spreads. The detector should sound an alarm and instruct anyone who needs to evacuate to leave immediately.
Tip #6:Train All Workers
Train all workers on what to do in case of an emergency, such as fire or collapse. This will ensure they will be prepared if an emergency breaks out while they’re in the middle of their jobs.
Tip #7:Quarterly Safety Meetings
In order to ensure the safety of your workers and job site, it is important to have meetings. These meetings should be held with your boss or other high-ranking people in the company. Many times, accidents are caused by a lack of communication or poorly laid out tasks. Quarterly meetings will help alleviate this problem by giving everyone on the job site a say in what is going on. From these meetings, you can also identify hazards and important construction site items that might need to be addressed.
A construction site is a dangerous place. Many people think that because it is a construction site, there are safety measures in place to prevent workers and visitors from getting hurt. Unfortunately, they are often wrong.
As a result, injuries in construction zones tend to be more severe than they otherwise would have been if the workers were not on a construction site. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that construction workers are twice as likely to get injured in a workplace accident than employees in other industries.
Many people get hurt because of a lack of safety precautions. However, there are things that people can do to protect themselves from injuries.
Before going to the construction site, you should always look around. Make sure you know where the workers are, how many of them there are and where they are located. It is important to note that many accidents happen when visitors distract workers and draw their attention away from ongoing tasks.