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10 Ways of Safety to Ensure That Your Men Don’t Lose Their Lives and Limb While On the Job

10 Tips To Ensure Work Safety

 

Worker’s safety is closely related to overall instances of how a society treats its less fortunate sections. For a first world nation, taking a serious approach towards worker’s safety is a good indicator that it respects the human rights of its blue-collar working class. Besides, it also ensures that your company does not fall prey to financial and legal troubles such as paying out massive compensations or blacklisting by authorities. In the end, it is beneficial to both the construction firm as well the workers to have a safe environment, that is rife with the movement of heavy machinery, heavy raw material transport, steep ends and a complicated network of electrical wiring.

Here are ten ways you can create a reasonably safe environment that will keep your construction site devoid of life-threatening or injurious dangers:

  1. Insulate All Wiring:

 All types of electrical wiring in your construction site should be completely insulated with nonconducting materials such as rubber or plastic based materials. Wires that are not insulated can cause deaths or life-threatening injuries, not to one person, but many others due to human body’s conductive nature, since the wiring is present all over in a construction site.

  1. Electrical Equipment Maintenance: Always ensure that all the electrical equipment and electric boxes present in the construction site are maintained from time to time. Especially, they should not suffer from errors like short-circuiting which can cause sparks and hence fire. Badly insulated equipment can cause fires, especially during periods of voltage overloads.
  1. Fire Safety:

A construction place is always vulnerable to fire accidents. This calls in for stocking the place with firefighting equipment such as fire extinguishers, which should be placed in critical locations on the site such as generators. Also, there should be fire escape places in the building under construction that can help evacuate people while the fire is being put out.

  1. Safety Signs and Reflectors:

 Safety signs that indicate critical conditions such as highly slippery surface, a deadfall, constant machinery movement or a deep pit should be put at their respective locations to warn workers of the possible dangers. Convex reflectors can also help to avoid a collision at turns on the site.

  1. Equipment Maintenance:

 General equipment such as machinery and drillers should be maintained by trained and competent engineers so that they don’t fail at critical times and put lives in jeopardy. This includes lifts, which can leave workers stranded in the middle if they stop working.

  1. Ban Alcohol:

 Alcohol causes persons to lose orientation and make bad judgments, which can endanger not only the person’s life but also that of others. An inebriated crane lift operator has a potential to kill more than fifty workers at once. There should be checks at the site for alcohol. Any worker found should be subjected to strict action as per the laws.

  1. Wear Safety Equipment:

 Helmets, reflecting jackets and gloves are some of the basic safety wear required to be worn at construction sites. This can ensure that workers are not injured in case of a low-intensity accident such as a brick falling from a few meters above. Earplugs are an addition to protect them from the damaging eardrum noise of the equipment.

  1. Fall Protection Nets:

 These nets are put in place to prevent the death of workers working at dangerous corners and edges of the construction site. While measures need to be taken to prevent the fall of workers, if, at all it happens, the safety nets can catch them before they hit the ground, thus severely minimizing the damage. These nets can also double up for preventing the damage caused by falling bricks, debris or other such material.

  1. Powerful Scaffolding:

 The scaffolding used in the construction should be made from a powerful and sturdy material such as steel and alloys. Also, they should be checked from time to time to ensure that they do not catch any rust. Any crevices and deformities should be quickly fixed before the scaffolding is deployed.

  1. No Heavy Objects near Corners:

 Heavy objects such as a pile of bricks, debris and machinery should not be placed near dead ends and corners of free falls. Sometimes, even safety nets won’t be able to handle their massive weights coupled with several meters of a deadly free fall.

Always remember that a safe environment at a construction site not only saves lives but also helps you save money and risking your reputation.

 

Move towards a Healthy Lifestyle with a Healthy Home: 7 Ways to Ensure That Your House Remains Healthy

7 ways to healthy home

Having a healthy and clean environment is the need of the hour. After decades of activism, legislating and international conventions, humanity is finally waking up to the sad state of affairs in environmental conservation, and this has resulted in a range of efforts to mitigate the loss caused by rampant and unchecked pollution.

 

However, this battle for our environment to keep it cleaner and healthier has been taken to another level in the form of rooting for ‘healthy homes’ where people have finally begun to realize the importance of maintaining the healthy indoor environments.

 

The concept of healthy states that a home has to be healthy concerning aspects such as air quality, moisture, ventilation, and temperature. This endeavor involves making a range of arrangements that will ensure that the house is free from particulates, harmful chemicals and traces of gases such as carbon monoxide as well as natural entities such as moisture, pollen (in cases of allergy) and heat.

 

There are several ways you can make your house healthy, but the following seven are some basic ones. These changes will cost a fair budget most of the times.

 

Here they are:

 

  1. CO Detectors: Carbon monoxide is one of the most common pollutants in our atmosphere. It is emitted from sources such as vehicles and industries through combustion of fuels like gasoline and diesel. You can install CO detectors all over your house, but mostly in chief locations such as your master bedroom, hall, and kitchen. The measure of the approximate amount of carbon monoxide in your house air can help you take the timely measures such as investing in oxygenating your house or optimizing the fireplace.

 

  1. Distributed Ventilation: Your home’s ventilation system should be well distributed, which would ensure that the aggregate air pressure in your house is not imbalanced. It ensures that your house is ventilated thoroughly without having any point in the house stuffy and filled with stale air while others are being constantly supplied with a clean, fresh air. Given that an air imbalance would eventually cause bad air to circulate to other parts of the house, a distributed vent prevents this problem by evenly moving the air throughout the house.

 

  1. Timely Air Quality Testing: There are special services that are dedicated to testing the quality of air in indoor environments, especially homes. Experts suggest that you should get the air quality of your house tested from time to time so that you and your family do not become the anecdotal frog in the boiling water. These checks can help you take appropriate measures to keep the air cleaner and oxygenated, thus preventing the slow deterioration of your health.

 

  1. Radon venting Through the Roof: Radon vents are known to be a part of a typical North American suburban home. However, many homeowners haven’t installed Radon vents. If your home doesn’t have one, make sure you get it installed. And if it is already there, make sure it is routed through the roof. The reason being, that the harmful gas should not be routed in a direction that is at the level of your house, instead of being rerouted from the top where it is safely disposed right in the atmosphere. Also, notably you should install an exhaust fan box in the basement of the exhaust pipe system so that the gas is moved to the end of exhaust more efficiently.

 

  1. Waterproof Your Home: Unfortunately, many homeowners turn a blind eye to home waterproofing, letting them stay damp and dirty as a default. This leads to a growth of molds, insect infestation and a slow deterioration of the house’s walls and wooden building materials. Always make sure that the roof, the walls and other such exterior surfaces that keep your house insulated are devoid of any cavities and are checked for waterproofing from time to time.

 

  1. Prevent Condensation of Your House: The point above can be considered a part of this one, however, keeping condensation away is a much larger task. It involves more than waterproofing. Install a dehumidifier in your house which will prevent the built up of excessive moisture. Also, install exhaust fans in kitchens and the bathroom which will ensure that these spaces remain fairly dry and the humidity does not flow to other parts of the house. An efficient heating system will enable you to keep your house free of moisture for a large part.

 

  1. Keep Your Basements Clean And Healthy: Always make sure that you haven’t stored any harmful chemicals such as pesticides or cleaning agents in your basements. If at all necessary, make sure that they are tightly sealed and contained. Also, keep the windows in your basement open from time to time to ensure ventilation. Preferably, install exhaust fans.

 

We understand that having a healthy house can sometimes be a budget burden, but these seven ways will not pinch your penny to a great extent, so they are worth the effort.