Fatal Four Construction Hazards
Jobs in the construction industry can be very dangerous.
Construction industry jobs are high-risk.
Falling, being struck-by, caught-in, or electrocuted, account for the top four areas of injury on construction sites.
First, here are some tips to avoid falls.
- Wear personal fall arrest equipment.
- Set up perimeter protection.
- Cover floor openings and mark them well.
- Use ladders or scaffolds the way they are meant to be used.
Don’t become a victim of being struck-by on the job.
- Never position yourself between moving and fixed objects.
- Wear high-visibility clothes near equipment/vehicles.
Avoid being caught in or between objects.
- Never enter an unprotected trench 5 feet or deeper without an adequate protective system in place
- Make sure the trench or excavation is protected either by sloping, shoring, benching or trench shield systems.
Avoid electrocuting yourself while working.
- Locate and identify utilities before starting work.
- Look for overhead power lines when operating any equipment.
- Maintain a safe distance away from power lines.
- Do not operate portable electric tools unless they are grounded or double insulated.
- Use ground-fault surge protectors.
- Be alert to electrical hazards when working with ladders, scaffolds or other platforms.
Until next time, stay positive and stay safe.