August 17, 2018

7 Facts You Need to Know to Keep You Safe

Fact #1 – Losing your Load


On construction sites, people use machines to lift and move all sorts of things on a regular basis. Whether it is lifting wood or metal beams, or you are digging out dirt to prepare to lay a foundation, this is an essential part of most jobs. The vast majority of times this type of activity goes very smoothly and the jobs are completed without incident.
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The fact is, however, that having loads come loose while in transit is actually a leading cause of injury on construction sites.
You need to keep in mind that even if you don’t lose the entire load, people can be severely injured from even one thing falling out of a crane or backhoe. With this in mind, people working on site need to know to stay well away from this machinery, and the machine operators need to know to avoid moving items when people are nearby.

Fact #2 – Slight Heights


Everyone knows that people frequently have to work in very high places when on construction sites. When working from a height, people will be wearing safety harnesses and other equipment to help ensure they are kept safe. What people often overlook, however, is that they can get seriously hurt when working even just 5-10 feet up.
The fact of the matter is that if you fall from more than about 3-4 feet (and sometimes even less if you are carrying something) you can get severely injured.
Many people fall from relatively short distances each year, which can cause broken bones and other serious problems. This is why it is so important to think about fall prevention and safety no matter how far off the ground you happen to be working.

Fact #3 – Digging for Trouble


Most construction sites require that the area is dug out properly to provide for a basement or even just a level surface to pour a foundation. In most cases, digging these areas isn’t much of a safety concern, but when there are buried electrical lines or pipes, it can be a major hazard.
In fact, people can get hurt or construction projects delayed when these types of things are accidentally damaged while digging in an area.
All too often everyone assumes that someone else checked with the local buried utility authority in the area. If this wasn’t done properly, or someone forgot to do it at all, it can lead to serious dangers. Make sure you are 100% sure that there is nothing below before you start digging.

Fact #4 – Problems from Above


An equally-yet opposite hazard is running into electrical lines or other equipment that is located above you. When working with heavy machinery, things are often lifted and moved around throughout the day. Some people make the mistake of only checking for obstructions at the beginning of their shift.
The fact is, however, that new things could be placed above them at any point.
This is why it is so essential to making sure you are checking the area above you before activating a machine every single time. It will only take a quick glance up to confirm that the area is clear, and then you can move the items freely.

Fact #5 – Lock-Out / Tag-Out


People working on construction sites often need to go into areas that could potentially be dangerous if someone activates a machine in the area. For example, they may need to move into a pinch point near a crane or under a heavy load to make sure it will be placed in the proper spots.
These situations are, in fact, the cause of many injuries because someone else activates a machine when they didn’t realize someone was in a dangerous position.
This is why using the lock-out/tag-out system is so important whenever you need to be absolutely sure that nobody will engage a machine that could cause injury.

Fact #6 – Opening the Wrong Pipe


There are often new pipes run to different areas of a construction site to ensure easy access to water, air pressure, or any number of other things. Unfortunately, these pipes are not always properly labeled, which can lead to serious problems.
Many people each year are, in fact, injured because the proper labeling is not in place on these types of pipes and faucets.
The proper construction safety procedures will require that you use pipe labels or other indications to show what is being transported within a pipe. Having an industrial label printer on the job site makes this a fast and easy step to take.

Fact #7 – Overcrowding


There are many places in construction sites that need a lot of work done. If you don’t have the work planned out properly, this can result in many workers being in the same general location. This can raise the risk of things like overloading electrical lines, bumping into each other and much more.
In fact, having an overcrowded work area is a major problem for construction safety, and has caused many unnecessary injuries.
Watching out for overcrowding and taking steps to spread the work out is a great way to improve construction safety, while still getting the job done in a timely manner.

Final thoughts


Of course, these are just a few safety facts that you need to consider. Whenever attempting to improve construction safety, you need to make sure you are keeping a close eye on the entire worksite, and take steps to ensure you do everything you can to minimize risks.