Construction Safety Tips
Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. In 2016, 21.1 percent of all job site fatalities were in construction. Additionally, 63.7 percent of construction fatalities fell into four categories: falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in or between objects. If those fatal four were removed, 631 people would have come home to their families and friends, instead of dying on the job. With statistics like this, construction safety is no laughing matter. Yet in an industry with so much change, how do you keep your crew safe on the job?
Here's a quick look at some of the major categories where a few steps can drastically reduce construction accidents.
Watching Out for No. 1
You’ve probably heard all kinds of excuses as to why workers don't use personal protective equipment (PPE), but that equipment is there for a reason.
Here are a few tips to encourage proper PPE usage:
Keeping the Jobsite Safe
Beyond simple PPE, there are practices you can put in place on the jobsite in general to improve safety. Here are a few to note that you may want to make part of your company's policies to help guarantee compliance:
Be Aware of the Situation
In emergency management and disaster response, the first facet taught in every course is to assess the situation and remain aware of changing conditions. Situational awareness makes a huge difference in worker safety.
Here's how to make it happen on the jobsite:
Take a few minutes with your crew every couple of days for a safety break to give them information on staying safe on the job. Make a game of finding an out-of-place object, such as a toy dump truck, to improve situational awareness. Update your safety orientation, making it clear that failure to follow safety requirements creates serious consequences. Lead by example to improve jobsite safety. By improving construction safety at the jobsite, safety professionals help ensure that hundreds more people across the United States go home at the end of the day.
Author bio: Eric Block is VP of Sales and Marketing at USA Hoist. Being in the industry for 15 years, Block has a wealth of experience and knowledge to help achieve the most effective hoisting solutions for general contractors. Block assists with everything from value engineering to clients’ logistics plans