At Mowery, safety is not optional. While working in the construction industry can pose many safety hazards, as a team we work responsibly together to ensure everyone goes home safely each day.
Our commitment to safety has earned us high marks from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on recent audits, but more importantly, it has also earned us a track record of always putting employees, subcontractors and vendor’s well-being and safety first. To learn more about common construction safety risks and how our team prevents these hazards from leading to injuries, keep reading!
5 Common Construction Safety Hazards
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one in five work related deaths are in construction. Some of the most common safety hazards on jobsites include:
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Struck By Job Site Material Accidents
- Caught in or Between Objects
- Environmental Factors
Using Site Inspections to Ensure Safety
At Mowery, construction site safety inspections are performed regularly by our safety coordinator. During these onsite walk throughs, the safety coordinator looks for any dangers that could lead to employees, subcontractors or vendors getting injured. Any safety hazards are documented and reported using PROCORE, a project management application, and immediately addressed.
Since slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of construction site injuries, while performing site safety inspections, close attention is paid to the work surfaces, heights of ladders and scaffolding being used, and the personal protection equipment (PPE) each person onsite is wearing. Uneven ground, ladders or scaffolding that are not the appropriate height for the project, and/or not wearing fall arrest and restraint systems can all lead to slip and fall injuries.
Struck by injuries are also common on construction jobsites. With many moving parts, including machinery, materials, and tools, accidents can happen. At Mowery, to prevent struck by injuries, we set specific routes for delivery trucks, subcontractors and any other site visitors to take to reduce the risk of accidents. Additionally, we ensure anyone operating heavy machinery, such as a forklift or crane, has the proper training and certifications. When performing jobsite safety inspections, our safety coordinator ensures these strict guidelines are properly being followed by all onsite personnel.
With so many tools, generators and other electrical sources on construction sites, employees run the risk of electrocution. Plus, if electrical tools and wiring are frayed or exposed to moisture, they can become dangerous. Plus, some sites may have overhead power and/or utility lines that can pose safety risks. When performing safety inspections, our safety coordinator checks power sources, wiring, tools and power lines to ensure everything is in proper working order and will not cause any injuries.
Unfortunately, when working in trenches or around moving machinery, caught in or between accidents can happen. Ensuring that specific traffic routes are followed and certified individuals are operating heavy machinery can reduce these risks. Additionally, when working in trenches, wall support should be sufficient and proper training be provided to those working within the trenches. When inspecting jobsites, our safety coordinator inspects the safety of trenches as well as ensures all machine operators are performing their work in a safe manner.
Finally, environmental factors, such as loud noises and hazardous materials can lead to injuries such as loss of hearing or respiratory issues. Personal protection equipment should always be worn to reduce the risk of these injures. At Mowery, all employees are provided with PPE and our safety coordinator ensures every individual is wearing the proper gear when performing site inspections. Thanks to advancements in technology, this job has been made easier by having the ability to fly drones over jobsites and ensure team members working on the roof or even on the ground are wearing the proper gear.
To learn more about our jobsite safety inspection process and how the Mowery team is committed to preventing these common accidents, check out the video below.
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At Mowery, our commitment to safety is just one of the differences that sets us apart from the competition. If you are looking to partner with a general contractor, design-build or construction management team who will not only complete your project on time and within budget, but also ensure everyone on your property is kept safe, connect with us today. We would love to hear from you!