There is good reason for all of the regulations in place for construction sites. They are a dangerous place. There are many safety hazards around every corner. This is why it is so important that workers at these sites know and follow safety rules set forth by you.
It is very important to make sure that you have the latest equipment available to your team if you want to keep them safe. Not only do they need the right gear, but they also need to be trained how to use it effectively. To keep the workplace a safe environment, use these five helpful tips.
1. Fall protection
As construction sites are essentially a half-finished building, there may not be railings set up to prevent someone from falling. Even if your team is only working at a small elevation, they will need to have fall protection available to them at all times. This goes far beyond just a simple harness. In fact, the ropes and harness that many consider to be the be all and end all of fall protection is really just the tip of the iceberg.
Other examples of fall protection that you should think about adopting is nonskid, rubber footwear. Concrete can become very slippery at the best of times, especially if there has been a little bit of rain. People are also much more likely to fall if they are lifting or moving heavy objects.
2. Face masks
You should consider investing in face masks for your team should you be working in a dusty environment. This stage of the construction may only last a few days, but the damage to the lungs can last a lifetime. This is also important if you are dealing with chemicals during the construction. If you are unsure if you need your team to be wearing a mask or not, they probably do.
3. Getting on or off equipment
Those who operate heavy machinery may need to climb up to enter the cab. This can be a hot spot for injury if you’re not careful. You should instill a checklist into their minds so that they do not fall prey to one of these common injuries. Make sure that they check their boots before starting their ascent. Any mud can cause you to slip and injure yourself.
4. The right clothes for the job
It’s important that you wear the right clothes for your job, which means wearing protective gear if need be. This includes tough clothing, hard hats, steel-toed shoes and more. You should not feel shy about sending someone home if they come to work unprepared to work. The last thing that you want is to have one of your workers injured because they were not wearing the right clothing. This safety precaution is so easy to follow provided that you have communicated what you expect of your team clearly.
Make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to their personal safety. You also need to ensure that everyone is aware of what the rest of the team is doing. If you have teams operating independently from one another you should insist that they know where they are both working and what they are doing. You don’t want one team working directly above another if there is the possibility of any debris falling down.
6. Remove the clutter
A construction site is a breeding ground for clutter. Even small items left on the ground can present a tripping hazard. When you have people carrying heavy objects, this can be very dangerous.