We all know that construction sites are dangerous places. From a very early age, we are warned from entering them or playing on them. Despite looking like giant climbing frames, the equipment found within can be lethal. Even the most experienced construction workers can have accidents here. With that in mind, today’s post will focus on how to ensure your site remains safe and accident free.
First and foremost, all site workers must have a full understanding of the risks involved. If you own a construction company, make it your number one priority. They should be put through extensive training programmes in order to prepare. They should be made aware of every potential hazard that will be on the site. If operating machinery and equipment, they must be fully qualified and trained to do so. It’s important that best practices are passed down and adhered to on the site at all times. Finally, every member should be well versed in first aid techniques. If the worst happens, everyone should know how to deal with the situation.
Clearly Mark all Hazards
The best way to avoid hazards is to ensure that they are clearly identified. If there is uneven or wet ground, make sure there is a sign to explain this. When there are large industrial parts overhead, warn your workers with a sign. Most importantly, if there are hazardous materials on site, put clear markings in place. Toxic or dangerous chemicals must always be clearly identified. This is also the case for electrical problems or potential shock hazards.
Regularly Inspect the Equipment
Much of the equipment on a construction site poses a threat when it is not functioning correctly. Many of them have loose parts that could fall from heights. Vehicles could lose control or become a danger to those around them. Every tool, vehicle and piece of equipment on site should be checked regularly. This means checking the crane trucks for safety and the cement mixers for efficiency. Make these checks a regular habit for the foreman.
Use Correct Safety Harnesses and Clothing
On a construction site, safety all starts with the workers. They must be appropriately dressed and prepared for danger and hazards. Hard hats are an essential item of clothing for every employee. However, safety measures must go much further than this. When working on scaffolding, site workers must wear harnesses and appropriate shoes. The site manager or foreman should be in charge of keeping these standards in place.
Be Prepared for the Worst
If an accident does happen, your crew needs to know how to respond. Always keep a first aid kit on site and make sure that workers are trained to use them. Run drill and exercises in safety and hazards. If an accident does occur, you need to know that your builders will react in a professional and safe manner.
Construction sites demand respect and caution. There are potential hazards everywhere and they must be taken into account. So long as there is appropriate training, your crew will be well prepared. Follow the advice in this article and stay safe out there!