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Construction site safety rules

Updated April 17, 2017

Construction sites are among the most dangerous and risky working environments. Building infrastructure involves a wide array of processes, along with potentially hazardous materials and equipment, so employers have to impose construction-site safety rules in an attempt to keep accidents and mishaps from taking place.

Objective

Construction-site safety rules have been created to address the health concerns of the workers involved in the building project. These include preparing a health-care program for the workers that can be easily accessed in times of need, as well as the implementation of safety precautions and warnings that adequately inform the workers of the dangers in certain areas of the construction site.

Responsibilities

Employers must be able to identify the various aspects of the construction site that have to be proved safe to use during the entire work time frame. These include the use of quality equipment and construction accessories, labelling of essentially hazardous materials to be used during construction, and the elimination of hazardous waste that can hinder steady construction operations. By correctly identifying these aspects, the exposure of workers to harm and danger are minimised.

Considerations

As part of construction-site safety rules, employers must issue protective gear and equipment to help workers become more or less resistant to immediate causes of injury. Physical harm can take the form of getting dust or chemicals in the eyes, suffering concussions or headaches due to bits of falling debris, and inhalation of gases that can harm workers' overall health. Also, employers must ensure clean and sanitary work environments.

Prevention

Employers should also provide emergency response plans and evacuation exits in case major unexpected mishaps take place. By establishing such response plans, rescue and first-aid procedures effectively help get the workers out of danger quickly and easily. A solid emergency-response plan can minimise the number and severity of injuries in a large-scale accident.

Significance

Construction-site safety rules should adhere to the guidelines provided by the government, such as U.S. OSHA, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Aside from this, emergency backup safety plans should be in place to ensure maximum security of the workers, especially when the standard operating procedures have failed to take effect.

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Hailing from Arizona, William Hanz has been writing on a wide variety of subjects for nearly 2 years. His articles have appeared on several popular websites such as AssociatedContent.com. Hanz attended the University of Arizona majoring in computer science with a minor in English.