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Careers in construction month contractor safety tips to remember for each project

by John Saunders
19th Oct 20 3:25 pm

October marks ‘Careers in Construction Month’, so it seems like a timely opportunity to highlight some vital safety tips that contractors should follow throughout each new project or task. Here we will discuss some of the most common yet lifesaving tips that can remind construction workers, and those looking to embark in a career in the industry, to remain as safe as possible

Ensure that you complete the appropriate health and safety training

Training is arguably the most important way to ensure safety. Unfortunately, the highest incidence of non-fatal accidents at work in the EU-28 is in construction, with 2,876 accidents per 100,000 persons employed in 2017 alone.

Construction workers operate in medium or high-risk environments, so essential training for safety at height, working with machinery and other hazards is imperative. Before beginning work, all employees should be fully competent and aware of the risks associated with each task. A basic knowledge and awareness of first aid is also advised, with basic life-saving techniques being taught to contractors managing other workers and tradespeople. It’s best to complete the osha 10 training before starting any work.

Correctly construct and maintain scaffolding

Planning is essential before any scaffolding work takes place. Scaffolding is heavy and dangerous, so the installation, use, and maintenance of scaffolding should only be completed by fully trained contractors and under the supervision of senior staff on site. It is vital that instructions are diligently followed so that the scaffolding is correctly assembled and stable for workers.

Unauthorised workers and contractors not specifically trained in using scaffolding should not use or move any of the scaffolds to ensure that those working above are safer whilst working at height. As contractors regularly work with scaffolding and heights, it is key to be trained on the use and construction of scaffolding in preparation for any working environment.

Ensure that equipment and machinery are correctly maintained

Construction workers often rely on tools, machinery, and heavy equipment to work efficiently and complete projects. Therefore, the maintenance and care of such equipment should be of high importance. If tools are unsafe, there are higher risks of serious accidents including amputation. All equipment should be regularly inspected, and machinery always correctly shut down with a full lockout tagout performed at the end of each shift ready for maintenance work. Lockout tagout equipment from Reece Safety, such as safety padlocks, ensures a lockout of the highest standard and will prevent spontaneous start-up of machinery, protecting workers within the vicinity from potential fatality and serious bodily harm. Regular inspections should be performed to prevent malfunctions and injury. It is the responsibility of the individual to correctly shut down and inspect equipment routinely.

Wear the appropriate PPE

PPE may vary across projects, but by wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), you could be preventing serious injury and even death. Examples of PPE required for construction work includes hard hats, high visibility jackets and trousers, safety glasses, safety shoes and hearing protection. Depending on the task at hand, respiratory protection, fall protection equipment and other PPE may be necessary. Ensure that each item of PPE fits properly to avoid tripping or getting clothing caught in machinery.

Report any issues of safety to management

Contractors often change working environments regularly, so the need to know who the point of call is in each new location is essential. This is so issues and hazards on site can be reported and fixed immediately.

Construction projects are often dangerous and require workers to pay specific attention to the safety of themselves and others. To keep as safe as possible, ensure that all rules and regulations are followed throughout each job.

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