Working in construction areas can be incredibly dangerous and hazardous. According to the reports of “The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health” (NIOSH), 20,000 construction workers get injured every year in road and highway construction zones, and approximately 100 construction workers are killed in accidents. Most of these accidents and injuries are caused by Vehicle congestion, run-over’s, Overexertion, restless driving, slips, overturning equipment, boundless traffic clog, etc.
Here are some work zone tips which can be considered to improve the safety and wellbeing of the workers –
For every road construction work there is a high risk of personal injuries involved. One should always wear proper safety equipment in the work zone to avoid any kind of casualty. Every worker should always be equipped with hard hats, steel-toed shoes, gloves, and respirators, and for the member who works in extreme construction, noise should have earmuffs and earplugs to save themselves from hearing damage. Safety majorly depends on the alertness and awareness of the workers. One should be particularly vigilant when it comes to understanding the work zone setup and traffic flow.
High visibility clothing
In working zones always wear high visibility safety appeal and accessories which are made up of fluorescents and reflective materials. These reflective appeals and accessories will help the drivers to be more alerts and vigilant while passing through the construction zones.
Proper training and meeting
Workers on road construction sites should go through proper training and should be aware of imminent hazards that they are going to face. Train workers to work safely, provide equipment training, Emergency and first aid plans, and encourage workers to take ownership, etc. Daily meetings and executing plans and safety tips can also help the team to take precautions and safety measures while working.
Control traffic flow
The worksite should have ample space on all sides for the worker, as the most significant risk for the workers is getting hit by ongoing traffic. Post an ample amount of traffic signs away from the work zone so that drivers can prepare and adjust themselves in time to slowdowns and prevent accidents or disruption.
Set Up a Proper Perimeter
There should be a proper use of Guard rails, road barriers, speed humps, wheel stops, road posts, OH&S services, traffic lights, safety cones, etc to know when work begins and end. These barricades should also be used inside the worksite to help workers where it is a safe walk, where the heavy equipment work is undergoing, where materials are stored. Proper buffer areas should be created to separate equipment and workers and ongoing traffic and Traffic redirection should be done to ensure the safety of the construction workers.
Avoid blind spots
All workers should have a clean line of site. Blind spots can create danger. The construction site requires a number of equipment that moves in and out of the worksite which can increase the accident potential. Visual aids, communication symbols, alarms, Mirrors, spotters can help operators, dump trucks, rollers, etc to inform the workers and helps maintain safety at the construction sites. One should always make eye contact with the operator if planning to work around them.
While working on a high level of the risk-prone area, one should make safety a personal responsibility. Each worker should need to take the utmost precaution for his own life. One should stay hydrated at all times while working in the sun. Site workers should also have a rest period to retreat themselves and seek relief in the shade which can help them to remain productive all day and can also prevent illness. Things are constantly moving in the construction areas therefore Workers need to be constantly aware of the surroundings.