Construction workers can turn virtually nothing into beautiful structures that we can use day in and day out. However, during the process, construction sites are filled with dangerous materials and equipment. Construction site safety needs to be the main at all times. Between getting the proper training and staying up to date with the safety regulations, there must be a plan set into place, so each worker understands the equipment and what to do should something happen. Here are a few ways to keep a construction site as safe as possible.
- Have A Risk Management System: A risk management system is set up with the proper precautions if something should happen. Every crew member will know what to do and who to get if there’s an accident on site. It could be from a small cut on a hand, someone falling, an electrical incident, and any other scenario. If it could happen on the construction site, it should be in the risk management system.
- Having Proper Equipment: Having the right equipment is an important safety factor. If a piece of equipment is damaged or misused in some way, it could cause serious injury to the worker and other people around them. Everything must be regularly inspected along with regular training given on how to use the equipment.
- Having Equipment Secured: Be aware of where exactly you’re setting up the equipment around on site. For example, if there’s debris falling on a set of stairs, there has to be temporary additional traction added to the stairs and handrails. If you’re using scaffolding, it needs to be able to withstand at least four times its weight.
- Having Dust Protection: Dust is going to be on any construction site. From wood shavings, to drywall, to anything in between, there’s no getting around it. It can not only damage the equipment, but it can cause serious health issues as well. The site should have dust containment solutions such as temporary ceilings or walls. This will help keep the dust contained in one area until it can be gotten rid of safely.
- Having Personal Protective Equipment: Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is essential no matter what construction site you’re on. Hard hats and eyewear are two pieces that should be worn at all times while on-site. Another PPE that’s necessary depending on what you’re working on is cut-resistant gloves, steel-toed slip-resistant boots.