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[Infographic] 10 on-site safety tips

November 10, 2015
 / Safety / 

Safety on any work site is always a top priority for workers and supervisors. Exactly what it takes to maintain a totally safe work environment is hard to quantify, though. It may not even be possible to write a complete, comprehensive guide to safety in an industry like construction, where no two jobs are alike and the environment is constantly in flux. Remembering the basics of safe working practices will maximize safety no matter what task is at hand. Utilize construction software and mobile apps to streamline the process.

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Falls are the deadliest accidents in the construction industry, accounting for a third of all deaths on the job, according to StopConstructionFalls.com. Make fall prevention a priority by following all regulations regarding working on ladders, ledges or other high areas. Always use a harness when possible, and look into implementing a safety net system. Falls can also occur when workers aren't able to grip surfaces securely. Check boots and gloves for oil or anything that might make surfaces more slippery. If the weather is not looking good, consider avoiding ladders, scaffolding or lifts altogether. Wind and rain can make a normally safe situation very dangerous for all involved.

Perhaps the most easily remedied safety risk involves workers crowding around equipment in operation. According to ForConstructionPros.com, many workers will do this simply out of habit, but it can mean costly accidents if not managed properly. Make sure workers know to stay clear of an operating piece of equipment unless they are needed for an essential task in the area. Fewer people in one spot means there is less of a chance for someone to get hurt if something goes wrong. Along the same vein, take care to rope off or otherwise block access to areas where there may be hazards to workers. Take the swing area of a crane or boom, the possibility of debris or welding sparks into account when establishing safety zones.

Infographic10 on-site safety tips

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