Every year thousands of workers are injured after falls from heights, and there are several dozen fatalities.
With that being said, here are 10 construction site safety tips to help employers provide a safe working environment for their employees. Duty To Have Fall Protection Duty to have protection is one of the leading causes of worker death in construction.
Employers must implement fall protection systems to protect workers. Employers are mandated to provide fall protection systems to protect workers on surfaces that have unprotected sides or edges.
Fall protection includes safety net systems and guardrails. All workers should be aware of the potential tall hazards on a job site. Any workers using a fall arrest system should inspect it first to make sure that they are free of damage. Ladders Incorrect ladder usage can cause falls that result in serious injury or death.
Common reasons for ladder accidents include improper ladder choice and failure to properly secure the ladder. Workers should maintain multiple points of contact while climbing a ladder. The employee should tie the ladder to a safe point to avoid falling or sliding. Employers should make sure that every employee is trained on how to properly use a ladder.
Scaffolds Many construction workers perform work on scaffolds. While doing their job, workers are at risk of falling or being electrocuted.
Workers should wear hard hats at all times. Wear sturdy boots and use tools when working to avoid a slip and fall accident. Every employer should inspect the scaffolding before the start of each work day to make sure that everything is safe for use.
Fall Protection Training Providing proper training to workers can prevent the number of falls that occur at the construction site. Once they have completed training, workers should be able to understand the dangers of falling and the different procedures to help minimize the potential for a fall.
Information covered during the training program should include; proper erection of fall protection systems and the nature of fall hazards present on the construction site.
Make sure that the eye protection fits comfortably. Employers have an obligation to make sure that the eye and face protection is clean and working properly.
Toxic Substances Employers often have hazardous chemicals through the workplace. Some hazardous materials found at construction sites include; lead, asbestos, and zinc.It is important to go above and beyond when it comes to improving ladder safety for your workers by implementing two or three additional safety measures for a fixed ladder.
For instance, that same fixed ladder system that has a cage can also have a ladder safety device installed for additional protection. Safety is one of the biggest issue and it is completely the responsibility of the mangers and the business owners to make sure that their employees are working in safe environment or not.
It is important to go above and beyond when it comes to improving ladder safety for your workers by implementing two or three additional safety measures for a fixed ladder. For instance, that same fixed ladder system that has a cage can also have a ladder safety device installed for additional protection.
As an employer, it is incumbent on you to anticipate safety issues, make certain the work area is safe and clear of obstructions, provide any necessary safety equipment, and to provide basic safety training on all equipment, including ladders.
Studies show that teamwork in the workplace begets safety. This safe environment doesn’t start and end with safety ladders. In order to assure your employees that they’re in a workplace that’s serious about safety, it’s important to implement ongoing training for all employees, including leadership staff.
Ladders are tools. Many of the basic safety rules that apply to most tools also apply to the safe use of a ladder: If you feel tired or dizzy, or are prone to losing your balance, stay off the ladder. Do not use ladders in high winds or storms.
Wear clean slip-resistant shoes.