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Safety in the Workplace

Discussion in 'Trash Can' started by Chandra V. Landreneau, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. Chandra V. Landreneau

    Chandra V. Landreneau New Member Webmaster

    Jakarta, Indonesia - As construction company ourselves, Axis Capital Group based in Singapore also know the risks incorporated with our work. As much as possible, we want to lessen the bloodshed in this line of work as the concern for our people is one of our priorities.

    Construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplace especially since you will never know when falling debris may hit your head and one wrong move, one misplaced step can deliver you to your rest forever.

    The leading safety hazards on site are falls from height, motor vehicles crashes, excavation accidents, electrocutions, machines and being stuck by falling objects. Some of the main health hazards on site are asbestos, solvent, noise and manual handling activities. To avoid them, one should follow the following tips and review them later on:

    1. Scaffolding for Fall Protection

    - One of the most common accidents in the workplace is when a worker slips or loses his balance. This is why solidly erected scaffolding is a must in the workplace. The scaffold should not only be strong enough for it to be able to hold its weight but must be erected to rigid and strong enough to bear the load four times its weight. Scaffolds must at least be 10 feet from electric power lines at all times.

    2. Full Body Harness

    - A harness is a requirement especially if you are building a 100-storey skyscraper. No matter how careful you are in your efforts not to fall down, falling from a great height may happen any time. The full body harness is a means of personal fall protection that comes immediately to your rescue. Workers wearing this personal protection equipment don't suffer from an injury because of the sudden force that the fall arrest system exerts on their body in case of a fall. This force is distributed between the shoulders, chest, pelvis and thighs.

    3. Ladders

    - Another reason for injuries and fatalities resulting from falls, is the improper use and placement of ladders at the construction place. Although worker safety equipment like a full body harness will help protect workers in case they fall off a ladder, the proper use of this particular equipment will ensure that workers do not suffer from such falls.

    4. Eyes and Face Protection and Head Equipment

    - One important but often ignored aspect of worker safety on construction sites is eye and face protection. Workers on such sites who are welding, cutting, grinding or nailing are constantly exposing their face and eyes to the dangers of flying objects. Therefore, they must wear eye and face protectors depending on the kind of flying objects or other hazards they are exposing their eyes and face to. Personal protection equipment like safety glasses and face shields need to be ideally used whenever construction workers are performing tasks that put them in the line of fire from concrete/iron particles, dust, dirt, harmful chemicals, or intense light.

    - Wearing hard hats is a prerequisite for ensuring worker safety. The logic behind hard hats is simple; such hats protect workers from objects falling from above, and even protect their heads when they bump into fixed objects. Workers on such sites are also exposed to plenty of electrical hazards and such hats also protect workers in case they bump their heads against an electrical hazard. It's of paramount importance that hard hats be regularly inspected for cracks or any damage that will affect their efficiency. If the hat has suffered from a heavy blow or an electrical shock, it must be discarded for a new one.

    5. Construction First Aid

    - You will never know when a fire or natural phenomenon would happen. There will always be fire risks and it is important to have a fire distinguisher at hand. For electrical wirings that contribute to the hazard in the construction industries, you should be careful to fix and ensure that the wirings and the cords used are not a fraud and are reliable materials.

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