Learn How to Avoid Fatal Accidents
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous professions in which a person can work. Every year, thousands of contractors are injured or killed in serious accidents at the workplace. Not only does this increase liability issues for construction contractors, it is devastating in the cost of human lives. In order to reduce the toll these accidents take, it’s vital to take the proper precautions at the job site. Here are some tips and best practices to help you learn how to avoid fatal accidents in construction.
Avoiding fatal accidents at the job site largely requires thorough education and training as well as the exercise of common sense and care at all times in the work place. OSHA offers training and educational materials for all workers, which are an excellent resource for stopping accidents on the job.
Personal Protective Equipment
Making sure that your workers are always using the proper PPE, or personal protective equipment, for the job at hand is essential to maintaining a safe workplace. Hard hats, steel-toed work boots, gloves, face protection, safety glasses, hazard suits and other necessary pieces of protective clothing save lives. Know what these are and how to use them.
Know the Dangers
Slip and fall accidents are the most common source of injury and death on the work site. Following close behind are falling debris, “caught-in” accidents and electrocution. Burns from chemicals or equipment are another common danger. Knowing and recognizing these dangers is key to mitigating the risk from them. Take the time every day on the job to identify the hazards your workers might encounter that day and review your procedures for reducing risk and dealing with accidents that do happen.
Electrocution is far more common than people realize. Construction sites deal with power tools and live wires all the time. Workers should avoid working near active live wires or power circuits. Electricity should always be cut before any work takes place. Lockout and tagging systems are vital, as are grounded cords and tools.
Establish a strong line of communication throughout your entire work site. This doesn’t just mean between you and your workers, but among your workers. Everyone should be trained to spot dangerous situations, the proper means of warning others, and the procedures to reduce risk. The better your communication between, with and among your workers is, the better able you are to protect them from harm.
Scaffolding is the source of many fall accidents as well as injuries from debris. Make sure that your scaffolding is secure and properly constructed at all times, following OSHA regulations to the letter. All workers on scaffolding should be anchored and tethered so that if the unthinkable does happen, they have an additional line of defense against the fall. Guard rails should always be present, no matter how inconvenient they may seem to workers.