In our last article, we focused on preventing overexertion for construction workers. In this blog, we are back to advise protection from slips and trips. Being off-balance can be very dangerous as well as very common on a construction site. Heed this advice to prevent slips and trips on the work site.
Causes of Slips And Trips
Construction projects are often highly dependent on the weather cooperating, so it is common for workers to be out in wet and slippery conditions. Slips and falls can result from poor construction site conditions caused by weather, but also by improper equipment. Osha.gov identifies stairways and ladders as the main culprits of injury from slips or trips. Workers should never use equipment covered in ice, water, or mud. Another cause of slips and trips is objects on the floor paired with inadequate lighting.
Prevention of Slips And Trips
While we can not control the weather, we can control how we handle dangerous construction site conditions. Post signage to identify slippery conditions, cover uneven walkways, and clean off ladders and scaffolding that might be splattered with water or mud. Constructconnect.com recommends, “Workers should also wear sturdy, non-skid work boots and use tool lanyards when working on scaffolds to prevent slips and falls and to protect workers below.” Use construction lighting while working inside and near dark so that construction workers can clearly navigate the site. Lastly, be sure debris do not obstruct walkways and try to keep as tidy of a project area as possible.
Proper precautions taken while working the construction job site will go a long way in preventing injury caused by slips and trips. Read these guidelines from osha.gov to get more information on safety regulations for construction workers.
This article is part two in a series; stay tuned for our next installment: how to prevent falls at a construction site.