Construction Site Safety Tips

A construction site is a great sign for a community. It signals investment, innovation and improvement. Individuals,

Construction Site Safety Tips

government and corporate organizations build infrastructures daily here in Nigeria. Unfortunately, accidents on construction sites can be very traumatic, and even deadly at times.

To minimize such situations, follow the following construction site safety tips. They may seem obvious, but covering the simplest dangers avoids any potential accidents. The safety of your workers must be a priority, and if you’re too busy to delegate properly, ensure someone is in charge of the safety and well being of your workers on site.

  1. Vehicles – Monitor all arrivals of materials from large haulage vehicles and vans to ensure absolute safety to pedestrians and workers on the construction site. People can be hit or crushed by loads or the vehicles themselves so extra caution must be taken.
  2. Dust, Noise & Vibration – When doing any work that involves excessive dust, noise or vibration make sure that you have the correct safety equipment. That includes breathing masks, ear muffs and gloves.
  3. Do not use a compressor to blow dust or dirt from your clothes, hair, or hands.
  4. Electricity – All energy installations must be correctly labelled and checked by professionals, with all cabling being routed sensibly. If any cabling is damaged accidentally ensure that it is dealt with quickly by professionals.
  5. Know where firefighting equipment is located and be trained on how to use it.
  6. Lift correctly – with legs, not the back.  If the load is too heavy GET HELP.  Stay fit.  Control your weight.  Do stretching exercises.  Approximately twenty percent of all construction related injuries result from lifting materials.
  7. Tools and Machinery – Ensure all equipment is in good working order with no unregistered modifications. Higher rated power tools should be fitted with appropriate cut off switches, and staff should have appropriate power tool training where needed.
  8. Nobody but operator shall be allowed to ride on equipment unless proper seating is provided.
  9. Do not use power tools and equipment until you have been properly instructed in the safe work methods and become authorized to use them.
  10. Slips & Trips – Your site must be kept tidy at all times, with any waste being removed to a dedicated area on a regular basis during work. Battery powered tools are a great way of reducing cabling.
  11. Never work aloft if you are afraid to do so, if you are subject to dizzy spells, or if you are apt to be nervous or sick.
  12. Never move an injured person unless it is absolutely necessary.  Further injury may result.  Keep the injured as comfortable as possible and utilize job site first-aid equipment until an ambulance or rescue car arrives.
  13. Falling objects – Make sure any scaffolding you have on site is fitted by a professional contractors with a good track record for safety. Ensure boarding, brick guards and object nets are fitted, along with hand rails at levels higher than 1 metre.
  14. If you must work around power shovels, trucks, and dozers, make sure operators can always see you.  Barricades are required for cranes.
  15. Never oil, lubricate, or fuel equipment while it is running or in motion.
  16. Before servicing, repairing, or adjusting any powered tool or piece of equipment, disconnect it, lock out the source of power, and tag it out.
  17. Be sure that all guards are in place.  Do not remove, displace, damage, or destroy any safety device or safeguard furnished or provided for use on the job, nor interfere with the use thereof.
  18. Trenches over five feet deep must be shored or sloped as required.  Keep out of trenches or cuts that have not been properly shored or sloped.  Excavated or other material shall not be stored nearer than two feet from the edge of the excavation.  Excavations less than 5 ft may also require cave in protection in some instances.
  19. Use the “four and one” rule when using a ladder.  One foot of base for every four feet of height.
  20. Portable ladders in use shall be equipped with safety feet unless ladder is tied, blocked or otherwise secured.  Step ladders shall not be used as a straight ladder.
  21. Do not enter an area which has been barricaded.
  22. Barricade danger areas.  Guard rails or perimeter cables may be required.
  23. Storage – Stacking of any construction materials must be done safely in a sensible area, within the work site. Materials stored on public walkways are a liability, so if you must do so during a delivery, ensure the goods are moved onto site as soon as possible. Flammable materials should be stored separately in appropriate containers.
  24. Digging and Excavation – When large excavations are exposed they are a danger for people on site. Ensure they are properly covered when not in use, avoiding the storage of any materials around the edge of the excavation.


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