When it comes to safety, precaution is always paramount, seeing as how no type of compensation, settlement and treatment can beat the concept of simply avoiding the injury, to begin with. In some industries, however, injuries are harder to predict and avoid. For instance, in the construction industry, there are far more injuries than in most other fields. Why?
Well, because of the very nature of the industry. The majority of work takes place on work platforms and involves handling heavy machinery, sharp tools and potentially dangerous materials. This is true regardless if new construction is in place or if the project involves the renovation of an old house. Here are several tips on how to get the most out of this scenario.
The single biggest risk of injury on the construction site comes from the risk of falls. In order to prevent this possibility, both the employers and the employees have to do their part. When it comes to the employer, they have to provide adequate fall protection, ranging from stable work surfaces, protected edges and safety nets. In some scenarios, even personal fall arrest systems are to be used. As far as the employees are concerned, they need to consider all the hazards in their surroundings, don’t take unnecessary risks and use all the equipment (both PPE and work equipment) that their employer has provided them with.
The next thing that needs to be taken care of is the scaffolding. First of all, it poses a falling hazard (which is something we’ve already discussed). Not only that but there’s a risk that a sharp or heavy object might fall from a great height and injuring someone on the ground. Then, there’s the fact that an open scaffolding isn’t that pleasant to look at which, although a minor nuisance, also plays a factor. This is why more and more construction companies in NSW tend to look for building wraps Sydney services. This creates both an effective and aesthetic solution to their problem.
Personal protective equipment
When it comes to overall construction site precaution, wearing personal protective equipment is a must. The reason why we list this under a precaution is due to the fact that, if everything goes well, these items won’t even be necessary, which doesn’t mean that you can afford not to wear them. For instance, you wear a helmet to protect you from hits in the head, flying debris and even fall damage. The majority of days, none of these things will happen. However, the likelihood of this happening should, on its own, be a reason good enough for you to wear this equipment.
Toxic and hazardous substances
The last thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that there are some substances that are potentially dangerous for the general health of your employees and everyone present at the construction site. This too is a shared responsibility. The employer needs to provide suitable material handling equipment as well as guidelines for safe handling. The workers also need to have access to the material safety data sheet before coming in touch with it. If additional training is necessary, it’s a duty of an employer to provide it.
As you can see, handling this issue is far simpler than you might have expected it to be, nonetheless, you need to be as systemic and thorough as possible in order not to make an oversight. Keep in mind that the above-listed represents just some of the hazards in the construction site, which means that the list itself is far from complete. It will take a lot more research and preparation for you to create a scenario that’s completely safe and secure for your construction crew.