A construction site can be a very dangerous place if things aren’t handled correctly. There must be proper safety protocols in place in order to ensure that the entire operation is run smoothly and that all of the works are secure and safe from work related accidents. The use of jack pads and harnesses and other safety measures should be used. Jack pads stabilize cranes and makes them safer and harnesses secure workers when going up to great heights. Seemingly insignificant tools and equipment like jack pads can actually prevent major catastrophes and save lives. Let’s take a look at these pieces of equipment as well as some other measures that can be taken in order to keep the site a safe zone.
- Safety EquipmentSteel crane pads or steel crane mats are often used because of their inflexible nature. This helps to ensure that the weight of the crane will not change the shape of the mat. Also, safety gear such as harnesses, masks, coveralls, gloves, hard hats and eye goggles should be worn at all times if possible but definitely when work is being done. This will protect your workers’ bodies because accidentally being harmed by debris and other objects.
- Check the Area
Before you even begin, the area will need to be checked and double checked. Scaffolds, for example, are a major part of construction sites but also cause a lot of injuries. Make sure that the scaffold has been inspected by an expert and has a strong platform and base before getting on. Ladders are another good example. If they are wobbly or seem unstable, definitely do not use them. A ladder should be strong and at the correct height before using. Have all of the equipment thoroughly checked before being used to ensure it is all functioning correctly and is up to proper standards.
- Be Careful with Electricity
Many times, electrical installations are required on a construction site. A lot of the heavy lifting requires electricity. You have to be really cautious when working with these kinds of machines and make sure there are no issues with the mechanics. Grinders and drills usually have to be plugged in so make sure that the cables are protected and out of the way as well as being grounded and have no contact with water. Some equipment will require specific and special training so make sure that you do not operate any kind of equipment without being 100% sure that you know how it works and functions and what you’re doing.
- Use Fencing
Fencing is not imperative to use but it can prevent many disasters. Dangerous areas should be fenced off and the fence should be maintained. Any breaks or damage should be seen to immediately and repaired or replaced. This blocks the area off from unwitting visitors and reminds the workers that the area is unsafe and needs special precautions.
- Prevent Fires
There are too many chances to start a fire what with the amount of flammable liquids and combustible chemicals and welding being used and done. Any open flame needs to not be allowed in a construction site. Workers should also be trained on what to do in the event of a fire. There should be handy fire extinguishers and a policy in place that they all know and abide by. Although fire drills can be a hassle, they are important to the workers’ safety and well being.
When you go to work on a day to day basis in a site like this, you can begin to get a little too comfortable, especially when you have gone awhile with no accidents. However, construction workers should always stay alert and ensure that they have the proper tools and equipment and safety measures that they need in order to continue avoiding accidents. They should not be allowed to get to comfortable and allow things to slip. Every day the equipment and fencing should be checked and careful procedures should always be followed. Construction workers are very important to our society and while their goal is safe buildings, they should not forget about themselves.