WHAT DOES CONSTRUCTION SAFETY MEAN?
Construction Safety is the process of protecting construction sector employees and workers from different types of Hazards.
Construction sites are more prone to accidents and hazards. Therefore, proper care must be given to the worker of this sector. Before we discuss different safety techniques let’s highlight some common hazards in the construction industry. Different types of hazards and risks are.
- Working on heights
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Moving objects
- Falling objects
- Noise, Heat, and Vibration
- Manual handling and Collapses
- Asbestos and other chemicals
- Electrocution and fire
The above are some common hazards in the construction industry. Now let’s discuss, this important topic.
HOW TO ENSURE CONSTRUCTION SAFETY?
Don’t start without Induction
Induction is defined as any legal requirements to start work on a construction site. It can guide you where to go, Stay, Work and rest. So until you have no clear-cut direction don’t try to start work.
Proper Use of PPE
Personal protective equipment includes an extra layer of safety for a worker. It can protect the human body from foot to head. The construction site is more prone to accidents. So make sure you have and worn proper PPE while working.
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- Types of Personal protective equipment at work
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Keep your workplace clean and tidy
A clean and tidy workplace reduces the risk of slips, Trips, and Falls. Proper housekeeping necessary before you start working. Remove trashes and keep away extension cords. Always remove obstacles from your pathways. Avoid using trailing cables and don’t work on Slippery surfaces.
Read also our other article: Slips, Trips And Fall hazard at workplace
Safety signs play a vital role in construction safety. You must have enough knowledge of safety signs. If you don’t have. Always consult your immediate supervisor to seek guidance.
If you are a supervisor in the construction site, make sure you train all new workers to be aware of the safety signs at the location. Also make sure to put signs of all hazards at the sites in places where every one can see, read and understand them.
Machinery and equipment to use
Another important tip is to use machinery and equipment that you are authorized and well trained to operate. It is important that you have the proper knowledge and taken enough training before you work on any equipment or Machine. Make sure that the device or machine is in working condition and has no-faults.
Supervisors must ensure that all workers on any machinery are qualified for this task. No exceptions are allowed i.e if the qualified driver or operator is not in the location no other worker is allowed to operate it.
Properly Handle chemicals
Dealing with chemicals is a full of risk job. Therefore, if you are using chemicals. Make sure you know all using procedures and you have proper protective equipment. Similarly store chemicals with care.
Read also this article: chemical hazard at workplace
Noise and Vibration
Both hazards can damage your body. While construction sites have the problem of noise and vibration. Therefore, it is necessary to use proper equipment that eliminates the risks related to noise and Vibration. Ear muffs or plugs are the proper PPE for the high noise work sites.
While working on heights make sure you have followed scaffolding. Make yourself protected while working at heights. Similarly, protect your head on the rest of the body from falling objects. While using trenches make sure, to avoid collapsing of trenches.
Scaffolds must be installed by a certified persons only and must be inspected before the first use after installation, and after any major changes that can affect it. After inspection a label showing the status of the scaffold is used to show any recommendation or safety requirement for safety use of the scaffold.
Read also: Scaffolding inspection requirement and tips
Proper Training and inspections
It is important that the worker has enough knowledge, how to make himself and his colleague safe. Training on safety must be arranged. A drill or exercise after a specific duration will recall employees how to respond to hazards. Doing proper inspection, whether safety rules are being followed or not
OTHER IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS
- Reporting any near-miss to the supervisor is essential to make a decision and control any hazard before it turn into an indecent.
- Working at night make it more dangerous as trucks drivers can’t properly see workers around them, so wearing high visibility safety vest is important.
- When working close to overhead power lines make sure that all trucks are at least 3 feet away of the power line.
- Workers safety culture is the first line of defense at the location, Make sure your safety culture is enhanced.