Safety Essentials for Active Construction Sites

In an ever-changing construction site, there are many variables to consider as far as safety management issues go. There are many risks inherent to the industry of construction, and these are difficult to manage, since the work itself is so fluid. The construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous in which to work. In the last several decades, several regulations have become standard for these sites, making them safer than ever. The generalized risk is not only to the workers, but to passersby as well as people within the general area of the site (in the case of environmental pollution).

Machinery

Heavy equipment is the lifeblood of most active construction sites. However, these machines can and do malfunction, which can cause injuries or fatalities. The first line of defense against injuries caused by equipment is clearly maintenance and training. Both of these in conjunction can go a long way to prevent heavy equipment failure.

Signage

Believe it or not, one of this biggest reminders of safety comes in the form of a warning sign. While there are those who will ignore signs posted around construction sites (these are the same people who need the “Coffee is hot” printed on cups), for the vast number of individuals, signage is followed.

Proper safety clothing and accessories

Wearing the proper clothing, as well as head, foot, eye, lung and ear protection has increased and is mandatory on most construction sites to meet regulations set forth by OSHA. In fact, regulations require that employers pay for all PPE (personal protection equipment) when needed on any construction job.

Barriers

The proper fencing keeps the public out of dangerous sites. Many construction accidents involving the public occur when untrained people are on a site and cause an event or chain of events that cascades into a disaster. Fences are also used in the case of a drainage ditch or silt collection pit to prevent accidental drowning in deeper water.

The general public is usually unaware of the guidelines needed to ensure construction site safety. However, reports of suspected and blatant violations can go a long way toward continuing to improve safety on construction sites and to protect the workers, neighbors and the environmental landscape around the active construction site. These reports can be made to the management of the company first. IF these reports do not improve the situation, a complaint can be filed with either the City or County or with OSHA.