Importance of Construction Safety Equipment for Workers


The construction industry has experienced remarkable growth around the world, particularly in the past few decades.  For a construction project to be successful, the safety of the facilities as well as that of the personnel is of the utmost importance.  The safety issues are to be considered from the design stage to the completion and delivery of the structure.  The construction industry employs skilled and unskilled labor subject to construction site accidents and health risks.  Proper coordination between contractors, customers and the workforce is needed for safe working conditions which are very lacking in Indian construction companies.  Although there are occupational safety laws available, the numerous accidents that occur on construction sites continue. Management's commitment to worker health and safety is also lagging behind. Workings at construction sites include climbing heights via various construction equipment and sometimes risking lives too in order to construct huge buildings or other construction products. Nearly 7 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.

6 hazards for construction site workers :-

  • Falls (from heights);
  • Trench collapse;
  • Scaffold collapse;
  • Electric shock and arc flash/arc blast;
  • Failure to use proper personal protective equipment; and
  • Repetitive motion injuries.

Hazards & Solutions :

For construction, the 10 OSHA standards most frequently included in the agency's citations in FY 2004 were:

  • Scaffolding
  • Fall protection (scope, application, definitions)
  • Excavations (general requirements)
  • Ladders
  • Head Protection
  • Excavations (requirements for protective systems)
  • Hazard communication
  • Fall protection (training requirements)
  • Construction (general safety and health provisions)
  • Electrical (wiring methods, design and protection)

Working at construction sites include end number of risks on lives due to machinery failure, miss-handling of equipment or careless attitudes or insufficient equipment available for protection that may includes torches or life jackets or helmets etc. Other reasons that may account for disasters in terms of workers safety may include carrying out a risk assessment, equipment maintenance, inadequate training etc.

Construction site security checklist guide you, here is a sample template that you can use to form your own construction site security checklist.

 SECURITY COORDINATION

 YES 

 NO 

1. Does the site have designated security coordinators?

 

 

2. Are the security coordinators available for contact during non-business hours?

 

 

3.  Does the construction site provide a means to contact the police, fire department, and other relevant authorities in case of emergencies?

 

 

4. Does the construction site have a written security plan, including procedures for specific scenarios?

 

 

5. If so, are construction site employees aware of the security plan? 

 

 

 GENERAL MACHINERY

 YES 

 NO 

1. Are all machinery adequately marked? (Identification number, corporate logo, tags, etc.)

 

 

2. Have all the machinery been inventoried? (Serial number, brand, model, value, etc.)

 

 

3. Are the machines bought from a well established brand in order to assure the best services?

 

 

4. Are all the machinery fitted with immobilizers and tracking devices when appropriate?

 

 

5. Are all the machinery stored in a secure area with a proper surveillance system?

 

 

6. Are the machines taken for proper inspection and maintenance ?

 

 

 TOOLS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT

 YES 

 NO 

1. Are all power tools and hand equipment marked? (Identification number, corporate logo, tags, etc.)

 

 

2. Does every person working there have their personal safety equipment?(jackets, helmets etc)

 

 

3. Are tools and equipment fitted with tags and tracking devices when appropriate?

 

 

4. Are tools and equipment stored in a secure place?

 

 

 INVENTORY CONTROL

 YES 

 NO 

1. Is there a system in place to check material inventory to ensure they are not misplaced or stolen?

 

 

2. Are there procedures in place for checking materials that go in and out of the construction site?

 

 

3. Is there a set schedule for checking materials and equipment?

 

 

4. Are all material suppliers arriving for delivery properly identified? (e.g license plates, driver’s license, etc)

 

 

 CONSTRUCTION SITE PERIMETER

 YES 

 NO 

1. Is there a physical bariar in place to secure the site?

 

 

2. Is the number of gates kept to a minimum?

 

 

3. Are there uniformed guards at every gate to check personnel and vehicles entering and leaving the site?

 

 

4. Are security warnings displayed prominently at all entry points?

 

 

5. Are entry points adequately secured? (With  industry-grade padlocks, steel chains, etc.)

 

 

6. Is there an alarm system?

 

 

7. Is the locking system integrated with the alarm?

 

 

8. Is the site perimeter regularly inspected?

 

 

9. Are “NO TRESPASSING” signs displayed prominently along the perimeter?

 

 

 

We, DETECH DEVICES, being one of the largest manufacturers of construction and security equipment provide the construction managers with best of equipment for better and smooth work at their sites along with the safety of their laborers along with various maintenance contracts for extended lifespan of the machines.