Avoiding Accidents at Construction Sites

By Winnie Maina | Monday Nov 6, 2017

The term “accident” implies an unavoidable situation, an unforeseen disaster that brings harm to people and property. Accidents on construction sites are genuine but you have a duty to prevent them wherever possible. 

Understanding how accidents occur is an important part of prevention, rather than learning from your own mistakes, you should learn from others mistakes.

Here are some of the top causes of accidents on construction sites:

1. Ineffective risk assessments

When potential risks are not identified it becomes a cause of accidents occurring often on site. A cursory risk assessment may have been completed, though not enough attention has been paid to the task, hence missing more important details.

Even if an employee follows one of these risk assessments to the letter, they may still be in danger of being injured.

2. Poor training

Proper training is required for employees to help them use the equipment’s in the correct manner. Workers are at a risk of incurring injuries by using a machine without fully understanding how it works and its safeguards.

There is more to training than machinery and tools. The other areas which Employees need training include: working at height, proper lifting to avoid injury and accidents too.

3. Insufficient protection for machinery

To prevent injury heavy machinery typically incorporates guards and other measures. To avoid risk of trapping and crushing which may lead to fatal consequences the machinery should be properly assembled or used. 

Before every use the machinery needs to be checked to ensure that all the safety measures are properly deployed.

4. Incorrect PPE

Some of the measures you need to consider to ensure the protection of employees on site include: hard hats, steel toe caps and hi-vis vests. When working in dusty environments face masks should be worn and gloves should be worn when dealing with hot surfaces, or equipment that could potentially trap and crush fingers and also when handling materials that could harm your hands.

The risk assessment at the work place must consider the correct PPE for each task and it should not be a last resort, the site foreman should check that every employee is properly equipped at the start of the working day.

5. Disengaged workers

Employees at times are their own worst enemies. While trying to save time and effort they may be tempted to cut corners. This can have devastating consequences, especially if they involve skipping details of the provided risk assessment.

A culture of excellence that respects safety guidelines at all times should be fostered at the work place, to avoid employees presenting a significant risk to themselves and their colleagues.

The above are known causes hence they can be avoided.

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