Author: SafetyOutfit

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Fall Protection in the Construction Industry

Falls are the most frequent cause of fatalities at construction sites. It accounts for one of every three construction-related deaths yearly. Most fall injuries are caused by falls from ladders but they are non-fatal injuries while Falls from roofs are the most frequent cause for fatal falls. Below is a scenario that emphasizes the importance of the fall protection system to both the employee and the employers. CASE SCENARIO: Juan Becerra, a construction worker who died after falling more than 100 feet from SoFi Stadium’s roof Becerra fell an estimated 110 feet on June 5, 2020, from the southeast corner...

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Construction Work Site Safety Checklist

The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has proven to help minimize occupational hazards. Nonetheless, the utilization of a safety checklist will help construction employers take steps to avoid hazards that cause injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Let’s discuss further on Safety Checklist. “What to wear” checklist: Wear Safety Glasses or Face Shields, whichever suits better, to protect your eyes from harmful exposures like dust, chemicals, flying particles, smokes, and what not – especially if your job involves welding, cutting, grinding, nailing, concreting and chemical-related works. Use proper work boots – insulated, water, and skid-proof – whatever protects you best. The...

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Why is the Occupational Safety and Health at Worksites Vital?

We work to live and not vice-versa! That is why living is more important than working. Construction is indisputably a very risky profession with one of the highest fatality rates. On average, about 3% (or 60,000) of construction workers get injured at the site while 4% (or 80,000) suffer from work-related illnesses annually. To gain further insights, let’s look at the statistics for the 2014-2015 period: 142 construction workers died while working on site 611,000 cases of injury – minor and major – was recorded within a construction site A whopping 27.3 million workdays were lost due to on-site injury...

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Protect Your Construction Worksite with Guardrail Systems

Construction worksites can be very dangerous places. There are usually lots of pedestrian construction employees and operators with bulldozers, excavators, cranes, trucks, etc. that move about the site. Taking a few extra steps to protect employees, equipment, and construction worksite can make all the difference. Guardrail systems make for an excellent cost-effective solution. Most people are familiar with a guardrail and have seen it on the shoulder of mountain roads, freeways, and expressways to keep drivers safe. This same rail can be used to protect your construction worksite, and eliminate or minimize damage related to fall, workplace accidents, and collisions....

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Respiratory Protection – Everything You Must Know.

Respiratory protection is not well practiced in the construction industry that’s why respiratory hazards are very common at the construction worksites. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranked respiratory diseases as the leading causes of death and disability in the world. The Center for Construction, Research, and Training (CPWR) reported that construction trade workers had a higher percentage of deaths from diseases of the respiratory system than their white-collar counterparts (13.4% against 8.9%). In addition to physical suffering, the annual costs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to the nation from medical bills and absenteeism alone were $36 billion in 2010, and...

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Personal Protective Equipment for Construction: What You Must Know

The construction industry’s work zone hazard curve can be flattened by observing strict adherence to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as slated by OSHA