The field of construction is wide with plumbing, carpentry and electrical falling in this industry. Some of the duties related to construction work include:
- Commercial and industrial or residential systems installation
- Using, cleaning and maintaining some types of equipment
- Ensuring that projects are conforming to the set building codes and regulations
- Supervising other workers
With all these duties and their working conditions, they are faced with health and safety hazards in their workplace. Some of them include injuries, exposure to extreme temperatures and toxic substances. Below are some of the measures and equipment that need to be put in place to ensure their safety.
Training on Fall Hazards
One of the key causes of construction workers’ injuries is the lack of proper training. If the workers are not fully trained before starting their work, it would be easier to reduce injury cases. Falls are leading causes of fatalities with construction workers and so, they need to be trained on how to avoid them. Workers should be provided with proper and ongoing training on how to avoid them and stay safe. They should also be able to identify fall hazards and be aware of the procedures to follow to minimise them.
Some of the examples of fall protection include shielding your workers from falling into holes like excavations, elevator shafts and skylights. Employers should always protect the workers from falling objects too. They can achieve this by giving them hard hats, toeboards, guardrails and screens. Canopies can also be erected, or the employer can have the area barricaded to avoid any accidental falls as this will keep all the workers out.
Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment
The life of any construction worker is very important if they have to keep working. That is why they need to always wear appropriate work safety wear and protective gear. You will always spot construction workers wearing hard hats. These are supposed to protect them from flying or falling objects, impact and electrical shock. Whenever faced with a potential threat of being struck in the head, all construction workers are supposed to wear hard hats at all times. The irony is that they are always faced with this threat in their line of work. Good examples include falling debris, accidental discharge from nail guns, swinging building equipment and contact with electrical hazards. These workers are also supposed to inspect their hard hats to ensure they are not cracked or dented. Hard hats are supposed to fit snugly against the wearer’s head and not come loose when they are busy working.
Another part that needs protecting is the face, especially the eyes. Construction workers are supposed to wear protective equipment for face and eyes whenever they are working in an environment with flying particles, chemical vapours, light radiation, acids and liquid chemicals, among other such irritants. Such hazards are found in certain environments like welding, carpentry and woodwork, grinding, sanding and masonry work. If there is a risk of flying objects, eye protection should come with side shielding. Alternatively, it can have detachable side protectors. Such protectors should be well-fitting and not move around and interfere with their movements. Any damaged eye and face protection equipment should be replaced instantly. Other protective sets of equipment include gloves for the workers’ hands protection and boots that have puncture and slip-resistant soles. These will ensure that their feet are protected at all times.
General Safety and Health Provisions
This is a set standard for all construction workers to protect them from working in unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous conditions. Their contractors are supposed to provide them with a healthy and safe working environment at all times. These workers should be made aware of the protections put in place to safeguard their lives while working in any construction site. They include being trained for their specific duties and being provided with personal protective equipment. No worker should ever operate equipment or machinery without proper training on the safety of the same.
As a construction worker, always ensure that your safety comes first. So, wear protective gear and adhere to safety rules set down.