The construction site safety audit can be a critical tool for keeping your projects on time and under budget. Continually being alert to safety and loss control is the ounce of prevention that’s worth a pound of cure.
When implemented on a regular or scheduled basis, the site safety audit identifies and then corrects or removes work site hazards, efficiently minimizing the occurence of accidents and injuries.
Here are nine relatively common safety issues that were revealed by a regular construction job site safety audit.
A problem with trenching. This is known as a collapse hazard, referencing the fact that the greater the depth of a trench, the greater is the risk of the trench’s walls falling in. Work must only proceed where collapse protection is in place. In many cases collapse protection can be provided with proper sloping.
Examination of on-site containers reveals gas cans that must be clearly labeled as to contents and hazards.
Rigging slings call for extra care. Rigging must be taken out of service when heavily damaged or when wear detectors are visible.
Stairs are sites of accidental injury at home as well as at the workplace. Stairs need to be properly constructed with consistent rise and run, secured treads, and stair rails in place.
Office trailers can not be taken for granted. Unused access and entrance doors must be physically blocked from use to avoid falls.
Elevated loading platforms need attention to be kept safe. Railings, to prevent falls, must have mid and top rails in place. Under certain conditions chains can be used.
Flammable liquid storage is an obvious situation for safety consciousness. A flammable storage cabinet must be installed and used in any building or trailer where over 25 gallons of flammable liquids are stored.
Fire extinguishers are important workplace safety equipment. Storage trailers containing flammable or combustible materials must have fire extinguishers within 50 foot proximity.
Ladders, like stairs, need to be attended to in order to prevent falls. Damaged ladders or ladder sections must be tagged “Do Not Use” until removed from the job site and destroyed.
The worksite loss control audit performed by a safety officer or safety consultant provides important focus on the prevention of accidents and injuries in busy work environments.
In this example, nine safety issues were listed. The construction site hazards were identified before there were any injuries or accidents. Corrective action was immediate for some of the issues, while others required scheduling. Either way, the safety audit kept business interruption to a minimum.
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