Common Construction Hazards and How to Reduce Them

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Construction is a dangerous line of work, with workers often facing a variety of hazards on the job site. The most common construction hazards can range from falls to electrocution, and everything in between. Given the nature of construction work, it is essential to reduce the number of accidents and injuries that occur on construction sites. Not only does this measure and ensure the safety of your team, but it also helps to keep efficiency and productivity levels optimal – all while having a positive effect on profits.

Factors that Contribute to Construction Hazards

Construction sites are inherently dangerous due to the many factors that contribute to construction hazards. There are several factors and these include:

Human error

Construction workers are often tasked with performing complex and physically demanding tasks, which can be challenging, even for experienced workers. This is especially true in high-stress situations, where workers may make mistakes that can lead to accidents.

Poor equipment maintenance

Construction equipment is subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and if not properly maintained, can pose a hazard to workers. For example, a crane that is not properly maintained could collapse, putting workers at risk.

Lack of safety training

Safety training is essential for workers to understand the risks associated with their work and how to mitigate those risks. If workers are not trained on the proper use of the equipment and the dangers they may face on the job, they are more likely to be injured.

Poor site management

Construction sites can be chaotic and disorganized, which can lead to increased hazards. Poor site management can result in workers being placed in dangerous situations, such as working in close proximity to heavy machinery.

Inadequate safety procedures

Without proper safety procedures in place, workers may not know how to respond in an emergency situation, increasing the risk of injury. All workers on a construction site should know the basics and the difference between CPR and first aid.

The Most Common Construction Hazards

Building sites are rife with potential health and safety hazards and these construction hazards are numerous and can take many forms. Some of the most common construction hazards include:

Falls

Falls from heights are one of the most common types of accidents on construction sites. Workers may fall from scaffolding, roofs, ladders, or other elevated surfaces, which can result in serious injury or death.

Electrocution

Construction sites often involve electrical work, which can pose a risk of electrocution. Workers may come into contact with live electrical wires.

Struck-by incidents

Construction sites are full of large, heavy machinery, which can pose a risk to workers. For example, a worker may be hit by a vehicle or equipment, resulting in serious injury.

Caught in or between machines

Workers may become trapped between or caught in heavy types of machinery while operating. This can cause serious injury or result in fatal death.

Burns and scalds

There are parts of the construction project that need heat to operate and construction workers may be exposed to hot liquids or steam, which can cause burns or scalds.

Noise-induced hearing loss

Construction sites and loud machines are often noisy and workers may be exposed to loud noises for extended periods of time. This can result in hearing loss or other hearing-related problems.

Toxin exposure

Construction sites often involve the use of toxins such as asbestos, lead, or silica. Workers may be exposed to these hazardous materials, which can result in serious health problems.

How to Reduce Construction Hazards

It is essential to reduce hazards in any form of dangerous situation or workplace, and this includes the posing risk and hazards on a construction site. To keep workers safe while maintaining productivity and efficiency, here are several steps that can be taken on how to reduce construction hazards.

Implement safety training programs

Implementing safety training in the workplace is critical to educate workers on the risks they face on the job and how to mitigate those risks. Construction safety courses could cover helpful topics such as the proper use of equipment, fall protection, and awareness of hazardous materials in construction.

Conduct regular equipment maintenance

Regular maintenance of construction equipment is essential to keep it in good working condition and reduce the risk of equipment failure. This includes routine inspections, lubrication, and repairs. Proper maintenance can help extend the life of the equipment and reduce the risk of accidents.

Establish and enforce safety procedures

Having clear and concise safety procedures in place reduces the risk of accidents on construction sites, but is not limited to responding to actual accidents. First aid courses can be helpful in these situations and these safety procedures could be an emergency response or self-protection. It’s important to ensure that workers understand these procedures.

Improve site management practices

Having good site management is vital to reduce hazards and improving worker safety. This includes ensuring that the site is organized, that workers are properly trained and equipped, and that hazardous materials are handled and stored safely.

Use personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment, such as hard hats, safety glasses, and protective footwear, can help reduce the risk of injury on construction sites. It’s important to ensure that workers use PPE consistently and that it is properly maintained.

Implement fall protection systems

Falls are one of the most common types of accidents on construction sites, and implementing fall protection systems can help reduce the risk of injury. This may include the use of fall arrest systems, guardrails, or safety nets.

Conclusion

Construction sites are inherently dangerous places to begin with, not all are allowed to get in this place without proper knowledge and training and there are lots of hazards every day that could cause serious injuries to instant deaths.
By taking steps to reduce hazards in the workplace, construction workers can be kept safer on the job and prepare to work safely in the construction industry. Upskills QLD has been helping reduce accidents in the past decade and we can help with implementing safety rules to a construction site with our courses. Contact us today to learn more!

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