Construction can be a dangerous job. Part of the boss’ job is to make sure that everyone is kept safe and protected. It’s not even just for the benefit of those that are working on the construction site. If safety protocols like web slings and hard hats are not followed, it could also put pedestrians and drivers in danger if the site is near traffic. Here a few ways that you can make sure everyone is staying safe while working.
Wearing the Proper Gear
Hard hats, gloves, steel toed boots; all of these are necessary when working in a construction zone. It’s a good idea to have a specific dress code, depending on what type of work is going to be done. You may need goggles and full on suits for some job while others will merely require one or two pieces of mandatory apparel. However, there should be an ‘across the board uniform’ for all of your workers. For example, your workers should not be allowed to wear shorts or t-shirts while they are working because the exposed skin could be damaged by accident. Having clothing covering those areas adds a necessary layer of protection.
Using Effective Safety Measures
There are actual fall protection courses that you could require your workers to sit through. These classes will show them how to properly and effectively make sure that the machines that they are using, such as cranes and high lift equipment, are kept safe. This is to avoid not only the workers falling but also objects falling from heights onto the workers. Workers should also know the maximum capacity on web slings, ropes and wires before using them. It’s important to not overload any kind of sling, carrying feature or equipment. This could cause them to break, snap or otherwise be damaged and possibly drop the load onto worker or pedestrians and cars below.
Checking Equipment Daily
It might seem like an excessive measures but everything should be checked daily. From the smallest web slings to the biggest cranes, all machinery and equipment should be inspected and deemed worthy or not for use that day. This is a great prevention method because from one day to the next, something could possibly start to break down. If you notice it right away you can have to fixed or tossed, depending on the severity of the damage but either way you’ll save a lot of people from getting hurt. It also gives you the chance to save some money on repairs. If you wait until something breaks down completely, it could cost a lot of money to replace the machine or part. But if you catch it right when it starts breaking down, it will probably not end up costing too much to sort it out, definitely not as much as an entire replacement anyway.
Making Use of Reflective Gear and Lights
In order to make sure that everyone sees the construction zone, all cones and zoning equipment should have reflectors on them. If working at night then there should be sufficient lighting for people to see the construction site from further away as well as for the workers to be able to see what they are doing properly.Insufficient lighting could result in a job not getting done properly, someone getting hurt, a car crashing into the site or other mishaps. The workers should also wear reflective jackets in case they have to get something outside the lighted area. It’s important to be seen clearly from a distance to give drivers and other workers a chance to change direction or slow down.
Saving the Jokes for Later
It’s really easy for someone to get hurt on a construction zone from just broken web slings or a misplaced brick. There are a lot of dangerous mechanisms and places that someone could get inadvertently hurt so there is no room for playing around or jokes. Workers should be serious and focused on their job. While some people are able to concentrate and do the job properly while chatting and joking with co workers, others can not. This is why it’s safer if everyone saves the conversation and fun for when they have exited the construction zone entirely.