Construction workers face potential job-site hazards, more so than employees in other industries. Due to the nature of the job, and the tools and materials used in construction, workers are at risk for serious injury or even death when accidents occur. As an employer, you must take steps to help your laborers identify and avoid work-site hazards, protecting their safety.
Five Common Hazardous Situations (And How to Keep Workers Safe!)
In construction, there is always a risk for job-site hazards. Below are five of the most common and how to prevent them.
Construction workers may find themselves being asked to complete painting or assembling while off the ground on ladders or scaffolding. Before you ask your workers to climb scaffolding, check with your recruiter to ensure this request is approved by them and they allow their employees to complete height work. To keep workers safe, ensure all equipment is safe and well-maintained, and the worker knows how to use it properly. Laborers should take height work seriously and never goof around, as this can lead to accidents.
Large moving objects.
Trucks, backhoes, cherry pickers, diggers … the list goes on and on. Construction workers often find themselves working around large machinery in operation—and it’s important to avoid injury through adhering to safety practices. The best choice is not to work close to a moving object, but workers will also need to remain alert and aware of their surroundings. For this reason, it’s important to take regular breaks.
Trips and falls.
Sometimes, surfaces get slick or workers encounter obstacles, such as cables, cords or debris. To help avoid trips and falls, ensure all workers wear proper shoes with a non-slip sole. Also, require your workers to keep areas as clean as possible, picking up items that could become obstacles.
Construction sites tend to be noisy due to heavy machinery and other power in use. Prolonged exposure to loud noise can lead to hearing impairment or loss—so workers should always wear proper hearing protection.
Safe lifting techniques help prevent muscle strain and back injury. It’s important to train laborers on lifting and carrying heavy objects, and weight limit guidelines (above which to rely on machinery for lifting).
Let your recruiter help
If you currently work with a staffing agency to supplement your labor workforce, your recruiter may be able to help you with safety training. Check with your staffing agency to learn more about the training services they offer to help keep workers safe on the job.