Each year, thousands of injuries and triple-digit numbers of fatal accidents occur on construction sites. A lot of these accidents involve the operator, but over half involve people on the ground – spotters, co-workers, and laborers. It is very important to follow construction site safety measures in order to avoid accidents and injuries.
Top 10 construction site safety tips:
1. Getting on and off equipment
Getting on and off the machine is one of the main causes of injury to equipment operators, forklift drivers and truck drivers. Take care while getting on and off the machine or other equipment. Check your gloves and boots. Clean the mud off before climbing, and use “high grip” gloves for a secure hand hold.
2. Loading/unloading equipment
Make sure the machine clears the ramps before turning. Keep people away from the sides of the machine during loading or unloading.
3. Avoid people crowding the work area
Avoid crowds in the work area. When ready to start work, use the horn to warn people to stay back, stop the machine if needed, and always check your back before backing up the machine.
4. Machine swing radius
Rope off the swing radius around the machine or otherwise secure it. Allow no spectators; use a spotter to keep all people clear.
5.Operation on slopes
Caution is always required when operating on slopes. Know the limits of the machines allow for surface conditions and don’t push it.
6. Overhead/buried obstructions
Be aware of overhead obstructions and underground utilities, including electrical lines, water, sewer, and gas.Definitively mark or warn of overhead lines or low clearances.
Always check the machine perimeter before moving. When vision is impaired, have spotters guide you.Use wide angle mirrors. Use rear-mounted cameras and/or rear-mounted presence-sensing alarms.
8. Machine upset
If a piece of equipment starts to tip, a seat belt becomes the lifeline. Understand the machine’s stability characteristics on all surface types and conditions. Check to see if the equipment manufacturer or dealer offers an instructional video.
9. Instability or loss of load
All rigging attachments for lifting must be engineered for safety. Keep all people clear of a load being lifted or handled.
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