Look through your window. What do you see? You might see a tall office tower, or perhaps your neighbor’s home or the local grocery store. Before these buildings were the things they are now, they were once flat lands with a whole lot stockpiled metal and concrete materials. A few signed deals later and a construction site was born, giving rise to the structures you’re seeing today.
Construction sites are often noisy, dirty, and full of moving parts and people. It can be full of large raw materials and heavy machinery. With a number of factors coming into play, how do you ensure the safety of the crew and the project?
Before the construction even begins, the raw material must be inspected for any faults and defects. Tools must be checked whether they’re up for the upcoming tasks. But sometimes, you can’t do everything on your own.
Look for companies that are willing to perform tests that are up to industry standards. If possible, find companies that can do testing at your own facility. Larger states like Georgia may offer mobile onsite testing for towing, lifting, and hoisting equipment.
In addition, keep in mind that the materials and equipment you plan to use should be appropriate for their intended use. The materials should also be up to the minimum standard of your local building code. Any faulty equipment should be discarded from the pile and sent to a repair facility.
Make sure your crew has received enough safety training before heading out to the site. In case of an accident, your workers should know what to do and what not to do. Using the appropriate tools and equipment should be taught beforehand. But before anybody gets a hand of any hammer or power tool, they must be dressed accordingly. That means no shorts or flip-flops.
Here’s a quick checklist of appropriate safety equipment before entering a construction site:
- Eye and face protection – Crew members and guests must always wear goggles and masks to keep away dust and other flying particles.
- Helmets – Helmets were designed to protect your head in case of an emergency. A lot of things can go wrong inside a construction site, so it’s best to protect one of the most vital parts of your body.
- Gloves – This helps protect a worker’s hands. It serves as protection from any accidental cuts or even potential electrical hazards. The right pair of gloves can also help you get a tight grip on different tools and equipment.
- Appropriate footwear – Some sites may require different footwear. One site might need steel-toed boots, especially for sites with a lot of heavy material and machinery. Some sites might require boots with enough traction for muddy environments. Always wear the correct type of footwear to protect yourself.
Now some other areas and states may require even more safety precautions and that isn’t a bad thing. Building materials, tools, and equipment should always be checked before and after use. The crew must be mindful of their work and should be checked by a health professional regularly or whenever necessary. After all, the health and safety of your workers are important to your business’ success.