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How to Protect Workers at a Construction Site

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According to a recent report, there have been hundreds of fatal injuries in the construction industry in recent years. These figures show the dramatic improvement regarding safety measures in the construction industry. Workers have every right to feel safe while on their workplace, and their safety is to be assured by providing for information, education, research, and training in the field of occupational health and safety. By making your workers feel carefree safety-wise, it will boost their productivity, increase morale, and save you money. Here is what you can do to improve construction site safety.

Perform Site Walk-Through
What are the things that can be considered workplace hazards? Identify, assess, and write them down. Consider your obligation to gather all the managers, workers and other employees and notify them of all the possible dangers they should know about. Check manufacturers’ instructions for equipment and chemicals, take account of non-routine operations, look back at your accident records, and remember to think about long-term health hazards. Materials regarded as hazardous should be labeled, properly stored and secured in a safe place.

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Be Prepared For Emergencies
Unexpected situations such as power, mechanical, and electrical failures, storms, fires, floods, or injuries are nothing strange at a construction site. Site workers and operators should be educated and well trained, so to know what to do in case something like this happens.

Inspect The Equipment
All equipment and tools should be thoroughly inspected to be sure they are working properly. When a problem occurs, it should be immediately reported. Until the repairs have been made, the machinery should not be operated with.

Provide Protective Equipment
All employees should be provided with safety goggles and boots, hard hats, ear plugs, work gloves, face masks, respiratory and hearing protection. PPE (personnel protection equipment) must always be worn, depending on potential hazards and circumstances on the construction site. Sleeveless shirts, sweatpants, sneakers, open-toed shoes and sandals are not permitted.

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Scaffold And Roof Work Protection
Always be sure to use a harness and other safety equipment. The ABC’s of fall protection are how standard personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) are also known, and they include: body support, anchorage protection, and connecting device.

OSHA Standards
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards should be met. Make sure you follow all mandates and recommendations from occupational health and safety inspectors. They should be contracted or hired in case you work for a private company. These inspectors enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and their range of regulatory supervision varies from one country to another.

Keep The Construction Site Closed
The construction site should be barricaded during work hours in order to protect the public from accidental hazards and injuries. It is especially important if the construction site is located near the traffic, so it must often be allowed to pass through. All points of entry should be locked after working hours.

Construction safety risks should be managed at all times. Even though there are notable improvements over the past few years in reducing the number of injuries to construction workers, ill-health issues and fatal injuries still continue to affect construction workers both physically and mentally. These problems can be devastating for families and individuals, thus there should always be a total compliance to construction safety standards.

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