Mitigating construction site hazards starts with safety training and site meetings before each work shift. Changing environmental conditions could give rise to unanticipated dangers overnight. Pre-shift safety precautions include the following:
- Inspect each worker’s fall protection equipment to identify wear and tear and other damage.
- Ensure the safety quality of the ladders and the stability of the surfaces that support them.
- Reiterate the importance of three-point contact on ladders.
- Ensure rooftops are free of trip hazards, and skylights and other openings are guarded.
- Remind workers of heat-related hazards and the importance of looking out for symptoms in each other.
- Ensure workers have access to adequate water and shade.
Mitigation of safety hazards
- Neglecting to take the following precautions could have devastating consequences:
- Keep adequate clear areas near power lines to avoid electrocution.
- Avoid working on roofs in adverse weather like heavy winds, snow and rain.
- Do not lose sight of risks like falling from roofs, ladders, scaffolding and parapet walls.
- Avoid sitting or standing on skylight covers and establish safe zones around roof openings.
Construction workers in California might find comfort in knowing the state-regulated workers’ compensation program will have their backs in the event of a construction site accident. However, falls from roofs and ladders could cause life-changing injuries like spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injuries, preventing them from returning to work and enjoying life as before.