Staying Safe on the Job Site
As your Melbourne contractors, we consider safety to be a number one priority at your jobsite. We’re happy to offer the services of an MEC Superintendent to be present at your jobsite every day. Our superintendents provide quality and safety assurance, and also help to maintain your construction schedule to get your business up and running sooner. In the construction industry, taking steps to stay safe is extremely important. There are almost 6.5 million people at over 252,000 construction sites across the US everyday, and the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than any other industry. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), hazards for construction workers include:
- Trench collapse
- Scaffold collapse
- Electric shock
- Failure to use the proper protective equipment
- Repetitive motion injuries
Hazards and Solutions
At MEC, we’re careful to take the necessary steps to keep our workers and on-site visitors safe everyday. As with anything, there are always hazards involved, but finding solutions to keep people safe must be a priority for the construction industry. Here are some hazards and that the OSHA considers some of the most dangerous to those in the construction industry:
- Scaffolding: About 2.3 million construction workers work on scaffolds, and protecting these workers would prevent an estimated 4,500 injuries per year.
- Fall Protection: Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. Oftentimes unstable working surfaces, failure to use fall protection equipment, and human error can cause falls. Studies support that using guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers, and restraint systems are effective in reducing the risk of falls.
- Ladders: OSHA estimated that there are close to 25,000 injuries and 36 fatalities each year due to falls on stairways and ladders in construction. Ladders should be used for the correct task and should be properly inspected for defects before they’re used on the job.
- Stairways: Slips and trips on stairways also cause many injuries in the construction industry. Stairways should be free of hazards and should have treads that cover the entire step and landing.
- Trenching: Trench collapses cause hundreds of injuries each year. Workers should never enter an unprotected trench, always use a protective system designed by a professional engineer, always have a way to exit a trench, and make sure that trenches are inspected by someone prior to entry.
- Head Protection: Injuries to the head can be extremely serious, but are also fairly easy to prevent. All workers should wear hard hats when there’s a potential for falling objects or accidental contact with electrical hazards.
Personal Protective Equipment Checklist
To take the proper steps to avoid injury on the jobsite, all employees should wear the proper protective equipment and seek help if they’re concerned about a potential hazard.
- Eye and Face Protection: Safety glasses or face shields need to be worn anytime there’s a potential for foreign objects to get in the eyes. They should be selected based on anticipated hazards, but should always be worn during welding, cutting, grinding, nailing, or when exposed to electrical hazards.
- Hand and Foot Protection: Gloves should fit snugly and should be the correct gloves for the specific job. Workers should always wear work shoes or boots that have slip-resistant and puncture-resistant soles to prevent crushed toes around heavy equipment or falling objects.
- Head Protection: Anytime there’s a potential for falling objects, bumps to the head from fixed objects, or accidental contact with electrical hazards, workers must be wearing hard hats. Hard hats should be regularly inspected for damages, replaced after a heavy blow or electrical shock, and maintain in good condition.
At MEC, we’re dedicated to getting your project completed quickly, correctly, and safely. Our entire team works to eliminate hazards, delays, and complications to your project goals by utilizing our expertise and experience to find creative solutions to problems. When you choose MEC for your Brevard County commercial construction needs, you can trust that our team can bring a unique and cost effective outlook to the development and construction process. Both our engineering and construction professionals work to design your building for success. Give us a call today to request a complimentary consultation and to learn more about what MEC can do for you!