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Top Ten Construction Safety Standards To Live By

Safety Standard #1: Adhere to OSHA Rules

A lot accidents can occur at a construction site, which means executing and pressing safety rules should be the most important objective of all construction projects. For employers to accomplish this, they must adhere to the established regulations of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Safety Standard #2: Establish Site Safety Management

The utilization of site management and safe-site management can drastically improve safety awareness among the employees and will aid promoting a work site that is free of hazards and accidents, conducing to a productive and very efficient construction project.

Safety Standard #3: Protective Equipment is A Must

Safety equipment must be issued to employees by the employer to ensure the safety of human life. On the list of safety equipment are, but not limited to:

safety goggles
steel-toe boots
durable gloves
utility belt
proper face masks

Safety Standard #4: Have a Safe Place to Store Things

Break areas and rest areas are essential for the health of workers. Every work site should have a suitable place for workers to store food, beverages, and other items.

Safety Standard #5: Access to Clean Running Water

Per OSHA rules, employers are required to provide their worker with an area that has clean water for washing utensils, hands, and other objects. Moreover, the water must be suitable to drink without causing illness to those with access.

Safety Standard #6: Have a Place to Boil Water

There should be a space for workers to have access to that would allow them to boil water for sterilization purposes or food preparation. This aids in the cleanliness of the facility and promotes excellent sanitary practices.

Safety Standard #7: Must Have a Place to Eat Meals

In addition to having a place to store food and boil water, it is imperative that the employee allocate space for workers to sit and eat their meals. This space has to be out of harm’s way.

Safety Standard #8: Workers Need to Have Access to Restrooms

Employers must provide adequate access to restrooms with working toilets, or Port-A-Potty for waste management purposes. Restrooms must be well ventilated and have a door so workers can have privacy.

Safety Standard #9: Safety Precautions for Workers Above Ground

OSHA has established a set of rules for workers who operate at different heights. By installing equipment support systems, the employer will be providing safety measures to prevent any individual from falling to their death, in addition to lessening the severity of possible injuries.

Safety Standard #10: Guard Rails and Other Measures

Scaffold platform that incorporates a double guard rail must be used to prevent workers from falling from lethal heights. Safety nets in the construction site should be used to reducing the distance and impact of a fall, and drastically reducing injuries, casualties, and liability.

Home improvement and construction has always interested me and has led me to enjoy writing about everything that relates.

How to Seek Employment in Alberta’s Lucrative Petroleum and Construction Job Market

One of the most frequent questions I am asked as a Safety Consultant is:
“How can I get Employment in  Alberta’s lucrative job market” ?
Alberta’s booming economy offers great prospects for career opportunities,
particularly in the Petroleum and Construction trades in the next years.
With the highest economic growth of all the provinces, there are 275,000 direct and
indirect  oil and gas jobs to be filled.
When I talk to employers who book safety courses for their staff and contractors they are looking to hire:
a) Tradespeople, such as Carpenters, Heavy Equipment Operators, Mechanics,
     Truck drivers, Electricians,  Instrumentation technologists,  scaffolders, construction laborers. READ MORE

Aerial Lifts and Scissor Lifts Online

There was a time, not long ago, when any worker could hop in an aerial lift platform and figure out how to drive it on their own. The consequences were significant, as the likelihood of causing accidents to the public and property as well as to the driver were extreme without a proper background in lift platform mechanics.


Fortunately, employers now are more aware of their due diligence to train and frequently review the safe operation of aerial and scissor lifts. Although the classroom is the appropriate place to test a workers actual driving skills, a good means to review materials and obtain theory is with our aerial lift and scissor lift online course. READ MORE

Construction Site Safety

Construction of any building involves massive undertakings by numerous labourers.  Normally, construction sites have hundreds of workers using heavy machineries and equipment. The building materials used in the construction, such as sand, cement, and stones, are bulky and voluminous. Construction is both daunting and strenuous, and it also involves a lot of risk. This is because accidents can occur unexpectedly in the construction sites. Such accidents may be fatal or cause disability to the victims. For this reason, precautionary measures to ensure that a site safety is provisioned should be employed.

In the past years, numerous workers have lost their lives as a result of falling off from ladders and scaffolds (Quinn 2006). To avoid such accidents, all labourers should be offered sufficient training on handling weights during construction. They should be taught how to formulate their weights and determine how much a scaffold or a ladder can hold. Also as a precaution, all ladders and scaffolds should be thoroughly inspected for any weakness before a construction shift commences. All builders should be aware of the dangers involved in walking on unsecured shingles and rooftops. Workers in a site should follow the OSHA rules during guard rails installation in a building site. A net should also be placed below the supports as a security in the event of a contingency.

Accidents in the work place can also occur as a result of exposure to dangerous chemicals. All toxic materials must be properly safeguarded during construction so as not to endanger the lives of workers. If poorly handled, they may also affect the lives of residents of a building upon completion. Builders who work across bridges and tunnels are highly exposed to lead. If no protective gear is used during these constructions, they may develop serious respiratory systems complications. Their lungs and eyes may also be affected. Prolonged exposure to lead or asbestos can cause cancer to the workers. For this reason, protective clothing must be worn at all times during constructions. The clothing may entail breathing masks, and protective gloves.

Other protective gear that should be used in these sites includes hard hats and vests with reflective strips. The hats protect major injuries on the heads from falling debris in the buildings under construction. Goggles are important for protecting the eyes from dust and debris. Signs are beneficial in a construction site. They tend to remind people to observe rules and regulations placed by management in a construction environment when entering the site. They make passers-by aware of the imminent danger that can arise while construction. This way, they can stay alert and cautious when walking besides a building site. This way, they reduce the chances of accidents which may cause serious injuries to people.

All in all, the fact prevails that building sites pose a lot of danger to constructionists. There are numerous measures that can be used to enhance safety in these places. All individuals should be conscious about their safety in the sites. This way, serious accidents may not occur to them.

James Rowland writes on topics keeping you safe from accidents at work.

Common Construction Injuries

Common Construction Injuries

When working a construction job you know there are going to be accidents that occur.  Very few companies have ever had no injuries on their job sites.  With so many things going on at one time you can easily become mixed up and an array of bad injuries can result.

Injuries on constructions sites leave both parties, the construction workers and the construction company, in a bad position.  Many times the worker is unable to go to work for an extended period of time and therefore files a law suit against the construction company for causing the injury. READ MORE