Improving Construction Site Safety Yields Big Benefits
Strong accident prevention measures can reap rewards such as improved project quality, better retention of skilled employees and greater return on investment.
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Be sure to use power tools with clutches and safety guards. Never carry a nail gun with the trigger depressed or use bump-fire mode when close to other workers. Also, make sure the blade guards are functioning correctly on power saws. Protruding reinforcement bars should always have safety endcaps added.
Be sure to use cable strippers instead of knives. Always utilize appropriate lockout/tagout procedures.
Wear safety glasses, gloves, and a face mask or respirator to avoid exposure to lead, sulfur dioxides, asbestos and mold. Always use earplugs: 48% of plumbers report hearing loss, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Make sure to fit protective caps to the end of all thread droppers, and use mechanical devices to lift and hold pipes in position.
Always use sheet lifters to lift drywall sheets.
Roofers who use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) should provide a harness for each worker who needs to tie off to the anchor. Make sure the PFAS fits properly and is regularly inspected.
Use high-grip gloves, keep boots clean of mud, avoid carrying objects when climbing, and use secure hand and foot holds. The number one cause of injury related to heavy machinery is simply getting on and off machines. To mitigate some of these risks, rope off the swing radius around heavy machinery. Heavy equipment operators should also make sure crane wheels are chocked and safety cones are placed in front of and behind the vehicle. Be on guard for possible impediments, including scaffolding, potholes, steep grades, overhangs, pedestrians and low-hanging power lines.