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Safety measures all construction workers must take

09-01-2017

Photo shows a construction worker holding a hard hat

To ensure the safety of themselves as well as clients there are certain safety measures all construction workers must take to assure everyone on a site it free from any potential danger. For more read our article.

Safety measures

Construction is considered one of the most dangerous occupations as workers are exposed to many risks, and it could be fatal if they are not handled correctly.  It is obvious owners need to take care of the safety and security of their workers. However, each worker needs to keep precautions and hazards in mind to make sure they keep safe on the job.

Check work areas

In construction, scaffolding is bound to be used and unfortunately it is responsible for a high number of injuries. So when workings on scaffolding, you always need to ensure that you are 100% safe. Firstly, ask a supervisor if the scaffolding has been thoroughly checked by an inspector, you should never risk working on an incomplete scaffold that does not have a robust platform or base.

Ladders are also one of the primary tools used during construction. However, they also pose as many risks as scaffolding. Ensure you check the ladder thoroughly before use and if you find th…

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How to protect your employees in extreme weather

25-11-2016

Photo shows farm land covered in snowWith the autumn progressing and winter well on its way, it’s time to make sure employees are aware of the risks that a turn in the weather can bring.

Any job has its risks but some are more inherently risky than others, such as scaffolding for instance. When harsh weather is combined with height and heavy or large tools and materials, a day at work can be anything but routine. In Britain, the cold, rain and wind increase the risk to employees in all sorts of professions, but we are not alone. Many professionals across the world face tough conditions as part of their normal working day including:

Meteorologists

Not the people on the TV giving us the weather report after the news, the ones out there collecting data from the environment. When many of us would, of course, be driving away from an oncoming tornado or hurricane, professional meteorologists – often called “storm chasers” by the press - may be heading towards it. Their vehicles are outfitted with sophisticated recording equipment that can measure rainfall, wind speed and direction among other things, data which could be all important for predicting the likely path of a tornado and helping others to avoid being ca…

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Building a safety net: Protecting the workplace with effective project management

25-11-2016

Photo shows a woman wearing a hard hat holding buildings in her handConstruction sites are considered high-risk environments. Pay a visit to one and you will immediately see why — with large teams of people simultaneously working on various aspects of the project, all kinds of tools and heavy machinery involved and in motion, and the different areas of the site itself in varying degrees of completion, there are many potential mishaps or accidents that could take place.

Each workplace must be proactive in ensuring the health and safety of each worker onboard the building project. As busy and complex as the operations may be, there will always be an ideal way to implement safety protocols for all relevant and potentially dangerous situations within the site — and that's through effective and strategic property management.

Key construction health and safety risks

There are a number of serious health and safety risks that construction workers regularly face, depending on the nature of their work. These include:

Accidents. Construction sites are prime environments for slips, trips and falls. At different points, workers can deal with structural instability, working at height, fire, electricity, heavy lifting, heavy equipment and vehicles…

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