Taking the Right Precautions for a Safe Work Site Having a safe work site is perhaps the most important thing that you can do in order to protect people who are on the job. No matter what kind of job is being done, people want to know that they are going to be taken care of and that their surroundings have been secured. First of all, companies need to secure the area that they are going to be working in. This means cordoning off the area and not allowing the general population into it, by erecting fences and barriers and other deterrents.
Team and Gear No one should ever be allowed on a work site who isnâ€™t either part of the team of someone who has special clearance to be there with everyone else. Following this procedure immediately cuts down on the possible accidents incurred by those who do not know what is really going on. The next step that companies and individuals who will be working on a construction site should do to ensure safety is to obtain a groundwater map and a subsurface water flow map. Along with knowing where water will come from and where it is underground, a construction crew or a do-it-yourselfer can be safe while working, especially while digging, if they will receive a map from the city as to the locations of underground gas and electrical lines. Another way to ensure safety on a work site is to make sure that everyone there is wearing the right protective gear. Protective gear makes a huge difference, and is responsible for preventing many thousands of accidents each year. Make sure that workers are wearing hard hats and eye protection (if necessary). Gloves and steel toed boots and padding is also a very good idea, based on the work which is being done and what the conditions are like. Highly visible reflectors should also be used, as well as mesh pullovers in bright greens and oranges. Being able to immediately discern where someone is based on color is a big part of being able to secure an area. Workers wear these garish colors in order to be immediately identified. Such identification is useful for both fellow professionals and civilian drivers and passersby alike.
Coordinating Another crucial part of ensuring safety at a work site is coordinating the efforts of the teams who are on the job. By making sure that everyone had a specific role to play and coordinating efforts, and making use of subsurface utility engineering, people should be much more secure. Subsurface utility engineering allows for better utility mapping and application at all levels, allowing for an easier and more secure work experience. Subsurface utility engineering is just one of the many tools which can be utilized, serving to make the process easier, more effective, and more viable overall. Putting in the time and effort to make a work site safe and secure is very much worthy the investment. When it all comes down to it, there is no price that you can put on human lives. The things that we create and build may be enduring and impressive and necessary, but the fact of the matter is that they are merely things. There is no way to replace lives, but it is easy to replace things. Therefore, putting an emphasis on safety and security is the best way to protect the lives of those who are in the area working. It will also encourage better results when everyone knows that they are in good hands. photo credit: Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon via photopin cc photo credit: cindy47452 via photopin cc
Published on Jun 10, 2013
Work sites can be dangerous places so it's important to know how to be safe so you and your employees don't seriously injured.