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Safety Concerns To Look Out For During Building & Construction

When it comes to fatalities, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the construction industry has a substantially higher rate than most other industries. And when you consider non-fatal or minor accidents, the numbers may even be double or triple those of other industries.

Why is that so? It’s because the construction industry has safety concerns that are more pronounced compared to non-construction industries. And what are those safety concerns? Let’s take a look at the most important safety concerns with building and construction activities.

Slips, Trips, & Falls

Construction work involves a wide variety of work activities on site. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that falls, trips, and slips can happen almost everyday. This is mainly due to the fact that construction and building work sites are a cacophony of structures at different completion stages; there are also ground holes, stored equipment and materials, and scaffoldings to consider. For many construction workers and managers, it seems that normal to have eyes even at the back of their heads in order to keep safe!

Working at Height

In many cases, working on buildings – whether demolitions or constructions – would necessitate people working from relatively high elevation; falls from which usually result in debilitating or fatal injuries. Workers’ risks for falling from heights while doing construction or building work are often heightened by constrictions in mobility and access to such high working spaces.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Many construction workers suffer from a condition called hand-arm vibration syndrome, or HAVS. It’s a condition in which a person suffers from a debilitating and painful condition of the blood vessels, joints, and nerves caused by extended and chronic use of vibrating ground working equipment and power tools. This particular medical condition is one of the most prominent causes or basis for claims filed by former construction workers against their former employers who fail to provide adequate protection for their former and current workers.

Electricity

Electrocution is one of the most common types of work accidents that construction workers get into, year in and year out, especially those who are involved with the refurbishing of buildings. In particular, those who are working very close to overhead power cables and lines are at substantially higher risks for electrocution accidents. One of the reasons for many cases of electrocution involves the assignment of non-qualified personnel to do electrical work.

Noise

One of the major construction-related hazards that are often taken for granted on work sites is noise. When a worker’s subject to loud noises every now and then, the risk for hearing impairment is rather low. It’s a different story however when we talk about excessive, repetitive, and chronic exposure to extremely loud noises. And more than just hearing impairment, excessively loud noises may also be dangerously distracting for construction workers and cause serious accidents on site.

Many people think that when it comes to minimizing the risks for hearing impairment in construction sites, using ordinary earplugs can do the trick. Often times, ordinary plugs don’t offer enough protection for workers. As such, employers are often mandated to conduct and document a very extensive assessment of the risks associated with excessively loud noises at construction sites as well as giving their workers the necessary gear for minimizing hearing-impairment risks.

Risk Management Is Risk Minimization

Risk can’t be eliminated but they can be managed. The ability to clearly identify potential risks associated with building and construction, such as those enumerated here, is crucial because you can’t manage what you don’t know. And when it comes to implementing measures for managing identified risks, it’s important to consider how to minimize the chances of such risks actually happening.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure. Risk management is prevention.

Importance Of Risk Management And Assessment

“Risk comes from not knowing what you`re doing.” – Warren Buffett

We always hear the word ‘risk’, but when we stop to think about it, what does risk truly mean? In a nutshell, risk is any chance or possibility of something undesirable happening. And when we talk about undesirable events — especially in construction workplaces, we’re talking about accidents that can result in very serious injuries or worse, death, for workers.

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to risk. I’ll break the bad news to you first: you can’t eliminate it. If you or your company want to achieve something meaningful, you will need to take risks. As one of the most basic principles of financial management goes, the higher the profit you want to earn, the higher the risks you’ll need to take.

The good news – yes, there is good news – is that risk can be managed well so when it comes to pass, you’ll be able to minimize its effects. The practice or process of minimizing risks and it’s potential effects to your company and workers is referred to as risk management.

Why Risk Management?

There’s a saying that ignorance is bliss; I disagree. It can be dangerous or even downright fatal. The Bible says in Hosea 4:6 that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Regardless whether you’re a Christian or not, you probably would agree that said passage carries a lot of truth. If you don’t know that something bad may happen to your company and your workers, how can you prepare well for it — i.e. minimize the possibility of it happening or if it’s an unavoidable certainty, prepare to minimize its impact?

A very good example of risk minimization in the construction workplace is requiring construction workers to wear steel-toed boots. It practically eliminates the risk of them accidentally cutting off their toes with very sharp tools or by having something really heavy or sharp fall on their toes. In a sense, it’s also a very good example of minimizing the impact of risks should they materialize because the steel-covered toe areas of their boots would be strong enough to keep very sharp tools or equipment from cutting through the boots and consequently, their toes.

Assessment: A Crucial Component

While there are probably million-and-one risks present in the construction workplace, it’s neither practical nor possible to address all of them. It may not be so even for just most of them. It won’t just be too expensive but it will also take a lot of time and effort to do so, which may render it impossible to get anything construction-related done at all. That’s why it’s important to choose your risk management battles through a process called risk assessment, which is one that tries to estimate both the probability and impact of risks that companies and their workers face. Through risk assessment, you’ll be able to determine which risks do need to be managed and which ones to just let be. By identifying key risks and their potential impacts on the company and workers, you can maximize the company’s resources and manpower in terms of productivity and worker safety and health.

Conclusion

Especially in construction workplaces, many things can go wrong and depending on what those things are, the impact on both the company and its workers can be substantial. Failure to plan is planning for failure, and a very important aspect of effectively planning for these things is learning and implementing risk management activities in your company’s construction workplace.

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