Construction is a very important part in our lives as it is the basis to which every structure is built or developed. However construction has been over the years been plagued by the increasing number of accidents that have arose from construction activities. In some of these accidents life changing injuries and even death has been a common result of these accidents. Most of these accidents involve the construction operators but they also pose a great threat to the workers, coworkers, passersby and even the laborers among others. Most of these injuries are fatal and cannot be helped by the normal first aid.
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It is therefore good to ensure that construction safety is a priority in these construction sites and activities. Most accidents are caused by mishandling of the machines used in construction processes. Below are some of the ways you can ensure construction safety.
Ensure Proper Care When Getting On and Off Machinery.
This may seem as a minor cause of accidents but it is still a risk that needs to be addressed. Most injuries are caused by ignorance when getting on equipment or when getting off the same. This type of injuries mainly happens to machine operators and drivers of forklifts and trucks. Ignorance comes into place especially when it comes to the gripping and holding parts or the stepping parts that you need to support yourself when getting on equipment or machinery. A fall can be risky as construction sites have several things lying about and you never know what you’ll come into contact with when you land from your fall.
Ensure Care When Loading and Unloading Equipment.
On level ground machines still have a risk of rolling over during loading or unloading. When carrying out these two operations as a machine operator it is very important that you ensure maximum care is considered. You should make sure you are properly centered and you should always straight. You should also ensure you allow enough room to maneuver the machine freely which may be challenging on jobsites with limited space.
Perform An Assessment Of The Construction Site.
This is a very basic and important step in ensuring construction safety. This is mostly done by the site manager and he or she should perform this assessment even before the construction work begins. The manager should identify the site and note down any possible hazards and risky things. The assessment of the construction site should also be performed even after the work sets on to identify any risky things. After identification of these places proper alert should be given to all the workers so that they take great care when interacting with these risky places or when working in such areas. This is a very good prevention measure in avoiding construction accidents.
Train Workers on Site Safety and Operation Procedures.
Instructions play a big part in ensuring construction safety. Training should be done on the most basic like lifting objects to the most complex one of operating a sophisticated equipment. Training helps workers avoid common injuries sustained when carrying about their work or operating equipment. Proper instructions should be set and delegated to ensure construction safety.
Conduct Inspection on Equipment.
Although most accidents are caused by bad operation of machines some accidents are caused by failure in the working of machinery. Any faultiness in working of machines should be noted and proper action taken in due course. Faultiness can be identified by strange noises and unusual responses in equipment and machinery. Workers should also be notified about this factor and told to report any unusual behavior of machines to the people in charge so that they can act on the defects. Workers should also not put faulty machines into use until they are fully repaired as use of faulty machines is a major cause of construction sites accidents.
Use of Protective Clothing.
The people in charge of the construction should ensure that all workers in the site are in the required protective gear to minimize injuries in case of accidents. Protective gear includes gloves, safety goggles, protective boots, ear plugs and face masks among others. These protective gear vary with the specific work done by the workers in the construction site and stress should be ensured especially where the highest risk lies.
Brace Yourself For Emergencies.
Whatever the preventive measures taken in a construction site, accidents can be termed as unavoidable. It is also advisable to put in place emergency services such as a standby medical team in case of an emergency. An ambulance can also be included if the funds allow as some accidents may result in fatalities that may require dire medical attention. The standby medical team should be able to deal with any arising medical issue that does not require any major medical attention.