Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 3:40 am
The data released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the US Department of Labor shows that in 2014, 4,251 workers died on work. Out of these, 20.5% (874 workers) were in the construction industry. The report further reveals that 39.9% of these deaths in the construction industry resulted from falls. Here we discuss 5 important safety measures to prevent fall on the construction sites:
1. Test the Equipment
As per the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS) 2004, employers are responsible for providing a safe & healthy workplace for their workers. Construction workers use different equipments in the construction site. It is, thus, important to check the equipments (fixed and portable) before use.
2. Make a Proper Safety Plan
When estimating the cost of a project, include the cost that’ll be incurred to implement the safety measures. The construction project manager should do a thorough planning regarding the required tools to ensure safety at the construction site.
3. Select Proper Equipment
With a myriad of fall prevention equipments available in the market, it is tough to zero in on the right one. Equipment such as beam straps, safety nets, concrete plunger, beamers, retractable lanyards, butterfly anchors are effective in preventing falls.
4. Assess the construction site
A proper assessment of the job site helps identify the risky areas beforehand. Consider factors such as the layout of the site, nature of work to be undertaken, the height where the workers will undertake the task, and work conditions.
5. Train the Workers
Train the workers to use the equipments properly. For instance, ladders must be placed on a level and firm footing. Also, ladders should be used only after its upper or lower ends are securely fixed. Make them aware of the fall prevention policies of your company. Conduct training sessions and team meetings to train the workers. Also, provide them safety manuals, video aids or arrange for safety drills.
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