The number of work-related injuries has been on the rise over the last decade. In 2019, one worker died every 99 minutes.
Increasing awareness surrounding workplace and equipment safety can help combat this, though, and so can a few other things. Today, we’re here to help you learn a few of the most important tips out there.
Read on for the complete construction site safety guide.
OSHA stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and it’s a government organization responsible for setting guidelines in place that help minimize and prevent workplace injuries.
This means guidelines behind heavy machinery workers, as well as ground workers’. They’re subject to change pretty quickly at times, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on new regulations and what they mean for your company.
A lot of the deaths we talked about earlier are usually related to violating those codes (though not always).
Before you even step foot on the site, it’s important to have inspection guidelines set in place. This means taking note of environmental conditions before the start of each workday (some conditions can make working outdoors dangerous or even impossible).
Ensuring workers know what to be on the lookout for is important as well.
You’ll also want to check on and be aware of electrical wires, trenches, and other potential hazards throughout the site. If they can be removed, then they should be. If they can’t be removed for some reason, then workers should be made aware of the hazards before the day starts.
Training Sessions and Check-Ins
Whether a crew member is new or not, having daily check-ins and providing regular training sessions can make all the difference in the world when it comes to knowing your worksite is a safe place to be. When crew members understand what’s expected of them, then it becomes easier for them to communicate with other team members.
It also helps ensure that things are being done effectively, and it streamlines the entire construction process since you’re not having to worry about redoing small things throughout the process.
That doesn’t mean things shouldn’t be inspected as they’re being completed, though. Having the site manager walk around regularly to ensure things are going smoothly is a great idea.
Taking these cautionary steps is also going to help prevent workplace injuries from happening. If an accident does happen, then you can be confident that your team knows what to do.
Products like the Digitrak f5 are great to have on and around worksites because they let you keep track of work safely and accurately. Not all your safety equipment has to be electronic. though. There are five things that every crew member should have easy access to:
- Protective eyewear or goggles
- A hard hat
- Ear protection
In some cases, you’re going to need more safety equipment than these things. That’s where checking OSHA guidelines before starting work is important.
It’s also important to have things like a first aid kit and supplies, fire extinguishers, safety railings, and edge protection, windscreens, and even security camera systems set up ahead of time so your team is good to go as soon they arrive at the site.
Generators aren’t always necessary unless you’re in a remote area or expect trouble from powering your site while connected to city power. In either case, one or two large generators should be enough to power your entire worksite.
Access to a bathroom is required on all worksites, and if you can’t access city sewer or water, then you’re going to need to opt for portable sanitation. Things like portable toilets, water tanks, and waste holding tanks are necessary for this part.
You’ll also need to arrange cleanings to happen for these tools.
Plenty of Water
This one might seem like a given, but it’s easy to forget when you’re caught up in trying to figure out bigger details on a worksite. Hydration, however, is important for everyone on the job site, and it should be made easily available to workers at all times.
Equipment Safety Checks
Finally, conducting regular equipment safety checks is going to be the most important part of ensuring everyone on your worksite is set up for success. You can take every precaution in the world, but if you don’t check the equipment you’re using before, during, and after its use, then there’s no point.
Things like heavy machinery should be checked before they’re even brought to the site. If they’re not up to code, then you can work to repair them or find replacements.
It’s also important to ensure that those trained to use certain equipment are the only ones doing so. Trained operators should also be inspecting construction before each and every use. Creating a checklist for them to use and date each they’re on-site can make things easier in the long run.
Does Your Construction Site Meet Safety Standards?
Now that we’ve gone over a few of the most important standards for equipment safety and more, it’s time to check on your work sites. Are they up to snuff?
While not all of these things are required by OSHA or other government agencies, they’re still crucial for running a safe and efficient work site. So, have a walk around and maybe chat with a few workers. If there are things that need to change, you should start making things happen ASAP.
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