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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.