General Construction Site Safety

There are a number of specific hazards associated with construction sites. The main danger of falling from high places, although there are many more, including those associated with scaffolding, confined spaces, and electrical equipment and conduits near water sources. Construction workers often endanger their health from the materials they use and processes, such as lead. 

Ironically, the protective gear worn by construction workers at to reduce exposure to lead and other toxic substances can actually increase accidents by decreasing vision, clarity, hearing, dexterity, and increasing heat stress. Even the safety of non-workers in and around construction sites is at risk. 

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How can accidents on construction sites be prevented and reduced? Without a doubt, the best way to prevent and reduce accidents is to eliminate hazardous conditions and hazardous practices.

Eliminating hazardous conditions starts with a shared understanding of what types of conditions can cause accidents and then eliminating those conditions. Learning that workers are at greater risk of accidents when they are unprotected and then ensuring that all construction workers are wearing the necessary protective equipment is an example of how to identify hazardous conditions and then work to fix them.

Construction safety is basically about preventing and reducing accidents. This is best achieved when construction workers – both as a team and as individuals – are more proactive than reactive. Reactive employees only respond to a problem when (or after) it occurs, whereas active employees can anticipate crises and potential incidents before they occur and then take appropriate action to prevent them from happening first. The place.