|With over 6.5 million people working in the field of construction in the United States, this field has the highest worker fatality rates of all land based professions. With the dangers inherent at a construction site, there are many factors to take into consideration in regards to keeping those employed in the field safe. In addition to keeping the construction workers safe, there is an added responsibility to keep those around the site safe as well.|
Some of the areas which need to be addressed in a well-run site include: equipment safety, fall prevention, electrical safety, repetitive movement injury, sensory damage and safety of the site and environment around the site. Any of these can injure or become a fatality if not properly addressed and maintained on a daily basis.
Equipment safety - All tools and heavy equipment needs to be inspected and maintained regularly. Each person on the site should be responsible for doing a quick inspection of their tools and equipment before beginning work. This is similar to a pilot doing a walk around of the plane before take-off or a paratrooper inspecting their parachute before a jump.
Fall prevention - Scaffolding failure is one of the leading cases of a fall injury or fatality. Again, inspection can save many lives. In addition, tethers should always be used when working above the ground and proper footwear worn to give the proper traction. Slippery surfaces can be very treacherous.
Electrical safety - It is critical to have all electrical connections grounded and to make sure that all those working with electrical equipment have proper training and are wearing shoes that do not conduct electricity. A simple nail in the sole of one's shoe can become a lightning rod should an electrical charge be introduced.
Repetitive Motion Injury - Just as secretaries and computer programmers have fallen to the dreaded carpal tunnel syndrome, so can those employed on construction sites. Our bodies are not made to have the same motions repeated several hundred or thousand times per day. To prevent these injuries, hourly breaks are recommended.
Sensory Injuries - In construction, the sensory organ that is most frequently injured is the ear. Wearing proper ear muffs or ear plugs can help prevent this from occurring. Eyes should be protected as well with goggles.
Environmental Safety - While each of the above is very important to maintain the health and well being of the workers on a construction site, construction site safety goes a step beyond the immediate microcosm of a site. With the risk of chemical spills and runoff into water supplies, it is important to take steps to protect the community at large.
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