Construction sites are generally hazardous due to the nature of the work done and the equipment used there. It’s highly possible that an accident can occur at a construction site and fatal accidents rate is high in this industry. Workers use heavy equipment, heavy tools, and they work at high places. Here are some of the most common construction site dangers.
There are constant changes at a construction site with the structure being erected. Supply vehicles, diggers, and lifting equipment operate on surfaces that are not even. Workers should know this and take precautions to ensure their safety. They should distance themselves from moving equipment and objects, wear visibility jackets, and put on helmets.
Working at Great Heights
There are no stairs at a construction site. As such, workers use scaffolds or ladders to reach up at great heights where they sometimes work. Though scaffolding systems solve the issue of working at great height, the risk of falling is higher. This can lead to serious injuries. It’s therefore important that scaffolding systems have guard rails. Workers should have effective fall protection systems that minimize risk. Additionally, equipment should be inspected properly and maintained to ensure that it remains fit.
There are many vehicles, tools, and machines operating at a construction site. Consequently, a construction site is always noisy. Too much or loud noise can hurt the ears. It can lead to deafness for workers that do not wear protective gears. It’s therefore important that construction workers put on equipment that protects their ears from the loud noise.
Most construction site equipment is operated using electricity. Therefore, electricity is a risk for construction workers. At a construction site, employees may work overhead or underground electric cables. Others work adjacent to power lines at higher grounds. To avoid electric hazards, it’s important to ensure that the work is completed by trained and experienced professionals with the right protective clothing.
In addition to these dangers, construction site workers are exposed to the risks of slips and falls, dust, heat, and faulty equipment. It’s therefore important that contractors take time to implement safety measures that ensure safety of their workers.