Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, accounting for more than 20 percent of worker fatalities across all industries. While it may not be possible to prevent every accident, a strong adherence to safety standards can drastically reduce the number of construction accidents and injuries to workers. The following are some specific ways employers and construction workers can prevent accidents at a work site.
Training is Key
Provide the proper safety training for all employees. Workers must be educated on all workplace safety protocol and the hazards they may encounter while on the job. Employees must also review the health and safety policies for each job that they are required to do. Written safety policies must include proper procedure and the name and location of a certified first aid responder. Employees should not operate any equipment they are not qualified to use.
Review Safety Procedures
Before any project gets underway, the site should be inspected for any unique hazards. A risk assessment can protect employees’ wellbeing. A complete list of preventative measures should also be made and implemented. Additionally, site managers should hold recurrent safety meetings. If high-risk work is being conducted, these meetings should be daily. Relevant issues should be addressed, including factual and job-specific safety information.
Utilize Protective Gear
Employees should always wear the recommended safety clothing and equipment for their occupation. This may include goggles, hard hats, high-visibility clothing, steel-toed boots, protective suits, and gloves.
Keep a Clean Work Environment
Keeping work areas clean and free of debris can drastically reduce the risk of an accident including slips, trips, and falls. Walkways should always be kept clear and workers should properly store tools and materials when finished with a job.
Care of Tools and Equipment
Before utilizing machinery or equipment, workers should ensure that it is functioning properly. Tools and machinery should be kept on a regular inspection schedule. Broken parts and malfunctioning machinery can cause severe injuries to employees.
Only use equipment in the manner prescribed. If a construction tool or machine is not used for the purpose it was designed for, the manufacturer’s built-in safety features can no longer be relied upon. Misusing equipment can also damage it and lead to worker injuries.
Focus on Fall Prevention
Falls are one of the leading causes of fatalities at a construction site. It is imperative that workers are protected. Fall protection systems including guardrails, screens, canopy structures, nets, and toe boards can prevent falls from happening.
Follow OSHA Guidelines
Employees who cut corners on the rules and procedures of OSHA increase their risk for injuries. Any violations should be documented and reported.
Avoid the Fatal Four
The four most fatal accidents in construction include falls, being struck by objects, electrocution, and being caught in or between objects. Knowing how to prevent these four common accidents can help you stay safe on the job.
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