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Safety Essentials For Construction Sites

On a construction site there are many areas that are accidents just waiting to happen. Any incident on a construction site can bring about fatalities, dismemberment, a serious injury, or even a long-term/life Disability. According to OSHA there is over six million people work in the construction industry and there approximately one quarter of a million work sites operating each day in the United States. Scaffolding can come loose or apart sending the workmen falling.This incident alone would affect about two and a half million construction workers that work on scaffolding. Following safety guidelines can significantly reduce the 4, 500 injuries, and 50 fatalities per year.

The cranes could snap their cable, dropping the heavy load crashing to the ground, injury to the operator, loss or damage of/to the equipment. The heavy equipment operators may make a dangerously tight turn and spill their load, sending it in all directions. The hydraulics operator may make a misjudgment causing a hydraulic hose to blow, or a hydraulic hose fitting might blow loose, sending hazardous material over the area. A newly dug trench could collapse. There could be an electric spark, flash or arc blast, that would be devastating to the work crew. There are also a large number of injuries from repetitive motion tasks.

Having set protocol for each job, the machinery, and the equipment will greatly reduce the amount of incidents. Safety and proactive measures must be adhered to in all occasions. Everyone going home at the end of the day depends on the safety measures that have been employed in training, on the job experience, and professional guidelines regarding the machinery that will be used. Exactness matters when using heavy equipment; close just isn't good enough anymore.

Falling issues are the most prevalent and account for the most fatalities. There are factors that often contribute to a fall, these due to unstable working surfaces, human error, failure to use the proper fall protection equipment, or misuse of equipment. Construction site safety solutions could include elevated platforms for elevated working surfaces, and aerial lifts. Construct a guardrail system that would include toe boards. Additionally the use of warning lines and control line systems to help protect workers that are employed in tasks near the edges of roofs and floors. Covering floor holes and the use of a safety net, or individual body harnesses would prevent the worker from falling. A construction crew should adhere to the proper training, safety measures, and proper equipment guidelines. Following these guidelines and safety features will better prepare the construction crew to perform their jobs without an accident.

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