A construction job site contains many potentially dangerous work areas. Organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offer guidance on how to keep a construction workplace safe.
The construction company needs to work diligently to enact the best practices for construction safety.
Workers that understand and want to abide by the safety rules are more apt to create a safe workplace, according to the article “3 Construction Companies Share Best Practices in Safety” that appears on the construction website Buildings.com.
Rather than just reading state and federal safety laws and company safety policies during a safety meeting, discuss them with the workers and help them understand why those laws and policies are in place.
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Prior to the start of a job, hold an interactive and detailed safety meeting with all employees that goes over all of the laws and policies that apply to the job, and encourage employees to ask questions that will help them better understand the safety rules.
Scaffolding is a major piece of equipment found on many job sites. It can also be a source of safety problems if it is not handled properly. According to OSHA, there are guidelines you should follow to create a safe work environment with your scaffolding.
Scaffolding should be at least 10 feet from any power lines, and the wooden planks should be secured tightly in place. OSHA law says that a qualified engineer must examine scaffolding prior to using it for the first time, and then regularly based on a schedule created by the company safety officer.
There should always be guardrails and toe boards in place to protect people from falling. Review the complete set of OSHA laws regarding scaffolding to ensure that you are creating a safe and legal work environment.
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Ladders are common on a job site, but the safety concerns surrounding ladders can sometimes be ignored, according to the article “Ladder Safety: Best Practices” published in “Tools of the Trade” magazine.
The safest way to angle an extension ladder is to pull the ladder back one foot for every four feet of height. Get a ladder that is rated to carry the amount of weight you will be placing on it. The weight rating is posted right on the ladder.
When choosing a ladder, use one made of material best suited for the job. Use aluminum ladders whenever you can, as they offer strength and are lightweight and easy to carry. Remember that aluminum conducts electricity. So when you are working around electrical wires, use a fiberglass ladder for safety.