Today, we have a guest post from Meghan Belnap. She is a freelance writer and today she has an article about construction site falls.
If you are a construction site manager, then the safety of your employees is your number one priority. After all, a fall or injury could set you back significantly in the project, costing you a lot of wasted time and money. That is not to mention the fact that you want the wellbeing of your workers to be at the top of your list. However, this requires a good strategy from the start of construction. Here are four ways to mitigate fall and slippage risks in your work zone.
Maintain Your Harnesses
From tower climbers to roofers, to anyone required to climb and work at height, harnesses are a must. Not only are they required by OSHA, but they help workers get the job done more quickly. They don’t have to worry about falling, so they can move at a quicker pace and focus more on the job at hand. Invest in quality harnesses for all relevant projects so that you never have to bear the tragedy of a crew member falling from a great height.
Invest in Your Scaffolding
The scaffolding you use has a major effect on the overall safety of the crew, and in preventing costly mistakes that cause injuries, work lawsuits, and delays. We talk about ladders from Little Giant, but Little Giant doesn’t sell scaffolding. If scaffolding will work best for your job, choose a local, professional scaffolding service. Savage Scaffold & Equipment Co. is a company based in Utah and Idaho that provides scaffolding. They recommend using a solid structure that you know will be safe for both those working on the scaffolding itself, as well as those working underneath. Always err on the side of safety and get only the highest quality material for the job.
Marking Hazards and Safe Zones
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in the construction industry is not properly marking dangerous areas. Even if they see the large hole or trench coming and don’t fall in, they may not see it until they’re close enough to be inconvenienced by the detour, slowing them down significantly. Everyone on a construction site needs to know where the holes are, the electrical hazards, and the height risks. Mark these with orange cones, security tape, and signs so that everyone can not only avoid hazards but avoid them in advance. When you mark clear safe zones, your employees will know where to go and be able to direct themselves accordingly.
Cleaning Materials and Litter
Far too many job sites are littered with debris from construction and litter from the workers themselves. This can cause fall risks from tripping over larger objects or slipping on smaller ones. That would be dangerous in any environment, but it is especially so when working around hazardous materials and treacherous terrain. Sharp materials can also pose a hazard by piercing boots and tires, not to mention feet. Have designated places to store excess material, ensure that waste bins are provided, and consider setting aside a cleaning hour for a designated crew to come and clean, or else for your crew members to clean up after themselves.
When it comes to construction, safety must always be a priority. It has never been more important to protect the health of your workers and your bottom line. Do not let yourself become responsible for preventable accidents and injuries.