The construction industry topped the list of the most dangerous industries in the world on fatal injury rates. There are many risks in worksites, including falls from heights, collapsing trenches and scaffoldings, electric shocks, blasts, inadequate use of personal protective equipment, and repetitive motions.
Construction safety is a priority to ensure the workers’ security in the worksite since there are plenty of risks present in one. Overlooking safety practices in favor of performance endangers the people in the worksite and result in various accidents. Installing structurally sound scaffolds, fall protection, ladders are among the solutions to help in increasing the safety and security of the workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a list of hazards in a construction site as well as their specific solutions that need to be implemented. Continue reading on to have an idea of construction safety.
Scaffolds are meant to allow workers access to areas otherwise impassable, and their height is dependent on that of the building being constructed. There have been multiple instances when workers fell from scaffolds resulting in injuries and, sometimes, death.
Scaffolds must be sound and rigid while also being able to carry its weight plus four times the maximum intended load without displacement. Competent people, those knowledgeable of scaffolds, supervise the installation of the scaffoldings and inspect them at regular intervals.
Install Fall Protection
Scaffolds are usually tall structures and falling from heights is often fatal. Installing guardrail systems with toe boards, using aerial lifts, covering floor holes, and using safety nets or body harnesses are some solutions to provide safety on scaffolds and other heights.
Ladders tend to get damaged over time or accumulate contaminants, which weakens its steps and then causes accidents. There are also times when the ladders used for a particular task cannot support the weight of the user either due to the worker carrying materials and tools beyond the ladder’s load capacity or because the worker used the wrong type.
Companies can avoid accidents due to falls and slips by using the appropriate ladder for the task, inspecting the ladder for defects, and disposing of defective ladders.
Like ladders, stairs are also significant sources of slips, trips, and falls that end in either injuries or fatalities among construction workers due to slippery conditions resulting from accumulated dust or spilled water.
Ensuring safety on stairways means clearing them of debris and materials and cleaning them when they become slippery. Stairway treads should cover the entire step and landing.
Personal Protective Equipment is the last resort for worker safety in case the other means are insufficient. These include head, eye, hearing, hand, and foot protection, among others, that safeguard an individual from injuries as a result of accidents.
Construction sites are among the most dangerous areas in the world due to the multitude of safety risks in the location. Assessing the risks in a worksite provides the information needed to secure the safety of the workers and minimize the exposure to hazards and accidents.
It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that their workers are safe and secure in their workplaces, especially so in the construction industry. To know more about construction site safety procedures, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.