CONSTRUCTION SAFETY TIPS
Safety measures at construction sites help to prevent unforeseen accidents. Accidents at construction sites may lead to loss of life and involve huge costs. An accident can be defined as an unforeseen circumstance or event which happens abruptly to cause damages to property and injury to the person(s) involved.
Fall protection program
- Falls account for more than 1/3 of construction-related fatalities.
- Train on the proper form: “three points of contact rule”.
- Use safety devices: harnesses and personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).
- OSHA is pushing for competent and qualified workers who can adapt to changing circumstances on a construction site and qualified workers to make informed and safe decisions.
- Provide continuing education to keep workers’ safety knowledge up to date.
Use updated equipment
- Some accidents are caused by faulty or outdated equipment.
- Perform daily safety checks.
- Schedule regular maintenance.
- Renting equipment when needed.
- Construction wearables are made to protect workers.
- Smart hard hats help prevent collisions.
- Smartwatches monitor health and activity.
- AR safety glasses.
- Establish a clear chain of command.
- Encourage open communication.
Prepare for disasters
- Create safe zones on site.
- Be mindful of utilities such as electric poles and gas lines.
- Have an evacuation plan.
Update COVID 19 protocols
- Provide PPE: masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.
- Implement contact tracing.
- Practice social distancing.
Maintain safety plan
- Responsibilities of the site safety representative.
- How and when safety inspections will occur.
- Information about safety training.
- Safety protocols related to the job site.
- Documentation of local regulations.
- How accidents and medical emergencies will be handled.
- When the plan will be reviewed and updated.