Multi-employer work sites can be a challenging environment from a safety standpoint. At any given moment, a variety of specialty and subcontractors could be working at one location. Hazards encountered on a job site can be from hand tools, power tools, or from the operation of equipment. There are risks from falls, improper excavation procedures, fire, unsafe breathing atmospheres, and the hazard of electrical shock. All of which are potentially dangerous, and could be deadly, if proper safety measures are not put in place. Considering the fact that a large majority of all work site fatalities are related to construction, the extra time it takes to create safe work practices is well worth the effort.
To reduce the chance of accidents, periodic assessments of the site should be conducted to determine what tools, equipment, and PPE will be needed to safely accomplish the work. With a clear understanding as to what types of operations are going on around the job site and recognizing how some types of work will affect others, arrangements and adjustments can be made allowing the safe completion of all tasks. The key to a safe work environment is attention to detail.
OSHA regulations require that “employees receive training and education in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions at their job site and knowledge of applicable regulations that control or eliminate these hazards.”
Following are recommendations to help maintain safe work practices:
It should be a daily habit to inspect all equipment prior to use. Be sure that all power tools, compressors, generators, heavy equipment, and scaffolds/ladders are in safe working condition and being used properly. Confirm that all equipment operators are trained and certified on the equipment which they are operating. If you discover that you must “share the site” with other trades take the time to find out what they're doing and try to coordinate so you don’t become a hazard to them and they don’t create hazards for you!
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