Construction Site Safety
Construction Site Safety General Guidelines
- Above-Ground Work: Ladders and scaffolds should be regularly inspected for damage and weakness. Specific safety rules should be adopted for these devices.
- Electricity: Electrical power sources not necessary for construction should be shut off. Insulate all wiring, and post warnings around live wires. Fuses, circuit breakers, and ground fault interrupters should be used to help prevent shock injury. Be aware of the dangers of overhead wires.
- Excavations: Excavations require special attention, and a detailed company procedure should be followed.
- Fall Protection: Fall protection is required to be worn/used as specified in the company policy. Fall protection equipment must limit your fall to no more than six feet.
- Fires: Fire protection should be made available and employees trained in proper use.
- Housekeeping: All debris, tools, and equipment should be picked up and either stored or disposed of in the proper location.
- Internal Barricades: Barricades will help warn workers of hazardous areas where dangerous conditions might exist.
- Perimeter Barricades: Entire construction site should be fenced, or otherwise secured, to prevent unauthorized persons from intentionally or unintentionally entering the work site.
- Personal Protective Equipment: Safety equipment such as shoes, gloves, hard hats, and eye protection should be provided to all employees at the site. All employees should be required to use and maintain these items.
- Tools: Tools should be well-maintained. They should be properly stored when not in use. The correct tools should always be used for the job.
- Walkways: Walkways should be clearly marked and roped off, allowing employees to safely enter and leave the work site.
- Employees: Report unsafe conditions immediately. Keep work areas clean and orderly. Follow all safety and health rules. Having a good “safety first” attitude is key to staying safe.