Construction of any building is a massive task, and within the construction site there are hundreds of laborers at work with huge and heavy machinery and with massive volumes of building materials. The whole process of construction is a daunting and laborious task and there is an immense amount of risk involved in the process. Therefore, certain precautionary measures should be taken at any construction site. Here are few of the precautionary measures that can help to insure your safety and protection within a construction site.
Many laborers in the past have lost their lives mostly due to falling off scaffolds and ladders. So it is very important to get proper training with all equipment and how much they can hold their weight and basic safety tips for each piece of equipment. It is necessary to inspect all the ladders and scaffolds before each shift. Even the laborers should be aware not to walk on any unsecured roofs or shingles. It is always advisable to follow the OSHA rules while installing guard rails or any sturdy protective screens for every construction site. It is advisable to maintain a net underneath any roof opening while the construction is going on.
During the construction, all toxic materials should be properly safeguarded so as not to endanger the lives of the laborers, as well as not to affect the building foundation and the lives of the residents or workers there after. When workers work around bridges, there is a strong chance of exposure to lead. There are also tunnels, bridges, and elevators where you can get exposed to lead. So it is important that every worker’s blood lead level should be checked to be allowed to work in those places. Workers are exposed to tunnels while roofing, paving roads, and it can cause various harmful diseases of the lungs, skins, eyes and respiratory systems. Exposure to lead, asbestos and other toxic fumes and dusts can lead to cancer as well. So it is crucial that all the best equipment should be used for reducing the fumes and absolutely essential that all workers wear protective gear. Hard hats are one of the essential accessories of any construction site, but you also need a vest with reflective coating or stripes, gloves, goggles or other eye protection and specific accessories for specific types of construction sites.
Following some of these basic tips can save your health and save your life.