Keeping the construction site safe is the first step in managing claims through prevention. The way to do that? Safe practices. Below are some good general safety practices to keep in mind on the job site.
Fire safety and combustible materials:
- Keep oily rags away from oxygen to avoid spontaneous combustion.
- Always light torch with a “torch lighter.” Never use a match or cigarette and never in a keg or drum.
- Open compressed gas cylinders slowly to avoid valve damage.
- Make sure engines in buildings are away from combustible materials, and exhaust is properly ventilated.
- After work, check clothing for hidden hot slag or molten metal. Do not wear oil-soaked clothing.
Elevated work and ladder safety:
- When climbing a ladder, face the ladder and use both hands. Use hand line or material hoist to lift loads.
- Use only sturdy ladders on firm base. Where possible, angle out the base at one-fourth of the ladder’s working length. Keep the working area clear of debris.
- Have ladder reach at least three feet above landing for easy access. Tie off ladder at top (secure bottom and brace long ladders).
- Use scaffold if solid footing or safe ladder access is not possible.
- Platform planks should overlap supports not less than six inches nor more than twelve inches and be secured from shifting.
- Consider all wires “live/Hot” until checked and locked out. Keep safe distance from “live/Hot” electricity.
- Have electrical power tools or equipment properly grounded.
- Do not use electrical power tools or equipment while standing in water. All electrical power tools and extension cords should have rubber insulation. Damaged cords should be replaced not repaired.
- Only qualified personnel should make electrical repairs or installations. Do not use metal ladders and hats near high-powered electricity.
Maintain a safe work area at all times:
- Properly place cords, leads, hoses, etc., to avoid tripping hazards and unnecessary damage.
- While carrying a load, check for clear path.
- Oil, grease, and water spills must be cleaned up right away. Delay can cause accidents.
- Keep loose materials off stairs, walkways, ramps, platforms, etc.
- Remove or clinch nails in old lumber.
For more information about best safety practices and how Lovitt & Touché can help you achieve your business goals through safety, please reach out to your Lovitt & Touché contact directly.