Identify and avoid construction safety risks

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In the construction industry, accidents of varying severity happen every day. Anything from needing a bandage to a fatality can occur and it is important that you are aware of the hazards that are present in order to stay safe and avoid injury not only for you, but for the people you work with as well. Here are the most common construction safety risks and what you can do to help minimize them.

Common safety risks in construction

  1. Falls from high up
  2. Electric shocks
  3. Scaffolding collapses
  4. Injuries from equipment misuse
  5. Injuries due to unclear communication

Identifying potential safety threats

While working on a jobsite, being aware of what is going on around you is the best way to identify potential risks to your safety. If you know what is happening in your surroundings you can be better prepared for anything that may go wrong. Another way to spot risks is by communicating with your team ahead of time and defining where certain hazards lie. Being transparent and thorough with your analysis before even starting a job can possibly save you and your team from injury.

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Avoiding potential safety threats

Although accidents out of your control can happen, there are things you can be doing to manage the level of risk you are exposed to. Such as,

  • Wearing the proper harness and equipment to ensure that if you slip or trip you won’t fall
  • Using elevated platforms or lifts for a more stable working surface when high up
  • Ensuring power is turned off before working with electrical equipment
  • Supporting scaffolding with strong and sturdy materials
  • Checking scaffolding for any weak or damaged accessories (brackets, braces, etc.)
  • Knowing the proper way to operate machinery and equipment before use
  • Reducing unnecessary noise as much as possible to allow for clear communication

To keep all workers safe, follow the tips above and make sure your business is insured for any potential accident that may occur by contacting your Independent Insurance Agent.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational and suggestion purposes only. If the insurance policy coverage descriptions in this article conflict with the language in the policy, the language in the policy applies.

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