What To Avoid On Construction Site
1. Daily safety meetings: Employees need to be briefed about the different safety measures when it comes to each specific jobsite. As a project continues to progress, the hazards also change. It is up to project managers and team leaders to ensure that everyone on the jobsite is provided with proper instruction, and is aware of the changing regulations. Holding daily safety meetings ensures that everyone is kept up-to-date and is on the same page. Employees should also be told to keep safety as their prime concern. These meetings should also reiterate health and safety standards and proper risk assessment.
2. Reduce the amount of night work: Late work hours and dark environments create a greater potential for accidents. If possible, minimize the amount of night work, or limit it to a low-risk area of the jobsite. Some of the reasons why accidents increase at night include fatigue, as people are less alert after midnight, as well as reduced visibility. This combination creates the threat of more accidents, all of which are avoidable.
3. Proper safety gear: Construction sites are notorious for unpredictable accidents and unforeseen safety hazards. To prepare workers, proper protection is needed at all times. Some basic safety precautions include hardhats, eye protection, hearing protection and harnesses. Slip-resistant boots, heavy duty gloves and masks are also standard safety apparel that must be worn on all jobsites.
4. Reflective or highly-visible clothing: These are a must in order to reduce vehicle-related accidents. High reflective fabric should be used by all employees, and at all times. Through simply being seen by drivers and equipment operators, workers are kept out of harm’s way, which can reduce the potential of getting hit.
5. Regular and frequent breaks: Enforcing regular breaks are crucial in not only productivity, but safety as well. Frequent breaks allow workers to re-energize by drinking fluids, eating snacks and resting. This helps them to remain focused, alert and avoids fatigue and mistakes which can occur due to exhaustion.
6. Clear signage to warn of danger: Wires and high voltage areas should be marked and the electricity should be deactivated when it is not in use. Areas should be cordoned off by pylons and ropes – to prevent people accidentally moving into areas where there are chances of falling debris or other dangerous hazards. Simple signs with words like ‘Danger’ are incredibly simple, but are essential in ensuring safety.
7. Introduce a warm-up or calisthenics exercise: Before starting the day, workers should start with warm up or calisthenics exercises to keep the body fresh and agile as well as ensure the workers are fit for physical activity. This also helps them develop quicker reflexes as well as sharper minds.
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