Millions of people work on hundreds of thousands of construction sites around the country every day. Given that scale, if every construction site were made just a little bit safer, it would prevent countless injuries and even save lives.
Below are five safety tips that every construction site ought to adopt.
1) Protect Workers from Falls
According to OSHA statistics, falls are one of the most common types of construction site injury. Those walking onto a construction site ought to get to know all possible fall hazards found there.
Employers must legally supply fall protection to protect at-risk employees; those on surfaces with unguarded edges or sides at least six feet in height. Those using personal fall protection systems, such as a harness, should inspect them prior to use for damage.
2) Secure Scaffolds
Workers doing their job on and around metal scaffolding face several safety risks, including electrocution and being struck by falling objects.
All scaffolding ought to be designed, built and taken down by people who have been trained to do so. Scaffolding should also be inspected at the outset of each workday by a trained individual to make certain that it is safe.
Hard hats, non-skid work boots and tool lanyards should all be worn by those on scaffolds to protect them and anyone below. Employees should not be asked to work on scaffolding coated in water, mud or ice.
3) Practice Proper Ladder Use
Inappropriate use of a ladder is one of the main reasons for falls that cause injury or death. Causes of ladder falls include wrong choice of ladder, not correctly securing the ladder and trying to carry cumbersome materials while climbing.
Construction site employees should always keep three points of contact while on a ladder, like two feet and one hand. Portable ladders ought to be long enough to extend at least three feet above the work area at a stable angle. Employees should secure ladders at both ends to prevent sliding or falling. Ladders should never be loaded past their rated capacity.
4) Always Use Personal Protective Equipment
Regulations require that construction site employees be supplied with, and wear, hard hats, face protection and eye protection when there are falling or flying hazards present.
This equipment should not interfere with workers’ movements and ought to fit snugly on their head and face. Any personal protection equipment that becomes weakened ought to be replaced right away.
5) Use Effective Hazard Communication
There are many hazardous materials found at typical construction sites, such as lead, silica, zinc and mercury.
By law, employers must have a written hazard communication program that lists all hazardous chemicals used at the location. Hazardous substance containers must have a hazard warning label and there should be an MSDS sheet for each substance. Employees ought to be trained on the risks associated with all hazardous chemicals, in addition to proper handling techniques.
We Are All Responsible for Safety
At Nationwide Temporaries, we recognize that safety is everyone’s responsibility and we work to ensure that all our workers are protected from harm as much as possible. Please contact us today to find out how we can connect you to a great and safe job opportunity.