Accidents can be common on construction sites. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction is a high-hazard industry, as workers engage in dangerous activities. However, most accidents can be avoided.
Here are four ways to keep your construction site safe:
Be strict about PPE
Everyone on the construction site should always have appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). You should have quality PPE, and people should wear them correctly.
Insulate electrical equipment
Electrocution is one of the leading causes of accidents on construction sites. Thus, ensure that all electrical equipment is double insulated or properly grounded. Further, encourage employees to always check tools and extension cords for damaged insulation, cuts and wear and tear. You should also have appropriate PPE for workers handling electrical materials.
Unguarded machines are safety hazards. Any part in a machine that can cause an accident should be safeguarded to prevent workers from coming into contact with them. Of course, workers should be trained on machine safety, but taking this extra measure ensures the utmost safety.
Additionally, only skilled people should operate machines. Untrained workers should not be allowed to handle a machine or access where they are stored.
Remove waste sooner
Clutter can hide dangerous objects and increase the chances of slips, trips and falls. Thus, you should remove waste as soon as possible. It will help to have workers who collect and put waste in designated bins, keeping the site clutter-free. You should empty the bins frequently.
Improving safety in your construction site, whether you are the building owner, contractor, subcontractor or engineer, can protect you from lawsuits. However, if you are facing one, you may need to get more information about your case to make the right moves.