That being said, over the years, people have developed numerous ways to keep employees safe on the site. Jobsite construction safety sure has come a long way since the days of hanging onto a rafter by a single strand of rope, so let’s take a look at some unfortunate situations faced by construction workers that can be avoided.
Falls and injuries dealing with height are easily avoided. In crowded cities, the only way to build is usually up. This means tall jobsites and the increased risk of either a crew member falling, or something falling onto a crew member. From up above, having proper safety netting surround the building is a must. Safety netting, debris netting and other building covers should be properly secured around the building to prevent any wind gusts or clumsy workmanship from causing a hazard.
Onto the individual worker, harnesses and proper securing of lines is key. Although it takes a few extra steps and can be annoying, jobsite directors should always be sure to have their employees following safety regulations when it comes to harness use.
Improper use of equipment is also a huge source of liability and injury on the jobsite. Some equipment, especially the heavier machinery, requires certifications and certain knowledge to operate. Those take extra time and money, so oftentimes to save a minute and a buck, jobsites employee unskilled labor to do a skilled job. This is terrible for liability and even worse for human safety. Proper use of equipment is paramount in the construction world.
This goes the same for maintaining said equipment. Whether it’s keeping up to date on scheduled maintenance or just making sure things don’t get damaged by using a Brahman cable protector, all of your gear should be safe, maintained, and up to date with safety codes.