Construction Site Safety Checklist
“What to use” checklist:
• use Safety Glasses or confront Shields, whichever suits better, to protect your eyes from unhealthy exposures like dust, chemicals, flying particles, smokes and what not – especially if your job involves welding, cutting, grinding, nailing, concreting and chemical-related works.
• Use proper boots – insulated, water and skid proof – at any rate protects you best. The right footwear protects you from skidding, crushing your feet, and being electrocuted.
• Gloves are basic to safely deal with sharp objects and toxic substances. Put on those that are fit and right – welding gloves for welding, heavy-duty rubber gloves for concrete work, and insulated gloves and sleeves should work exposes you to electrical hazards.
• Injury to the head is one of the most dangerous fatalities and one must use a proper hard hat to avoid it. Do a regular check for dents or decline and replace it as soon as you find any.
• Do a daily check on scaffolding to ensure its steady and substantial with high weight capacity. Report to seniors and get it corrected if its damaged or weakened in any way.
• Never use rough surface and unsteady objects – loose bricks, barrels or concrete boxes – as base for scaffolding.
• Avoid using scaffolding in bad weather: be it rain, snow or hailstorm.
Electric safety checklist:
• Check all electrical tools and equipment regularly for defects and use and tear. Replace the ones that are faulty in any way.
• Only qualified and designated operators must have access to electrical equipment.
• Keep construction materials, workers and equipment at the minimum 10-feet away from electrical strength lines.
• Use double insulated electrical equipment. Ground them if they are not. Refrain from using Multiple plug adapters; it’s dangerous!
• Workers must be notified about dangerous areas and stuffs by marking them as such – put up posters, signage and barricades at any rate is required. Heavy electric equipment, suspended loads, toxic chemicals, wet and slippery patches etc. are few such hazards that must be marked.
Crane, hoist and rigging equipment safety checklist:
• Barricade/swing areas within the crane’s swing radius.
• See to it that load and speed limit is never go beyond.
• Conduct daily safety and maintenance inspection for crane machinery and other rigging equipment before they are put to use.
• Only properly trained and qualified operators should have access to cranes, hoisting and rigging equipment.
• Keep these machines well away from electric equipment and strength lines.
There is another checklist I have saved for the last: verifying that every entrant to the site – worker or visitor – carries a valid CSCS Card. This is a great way to cut down on fatalities especially those resulting from without of knowledge or attention. Have workers without proper CSCS Cards? Get them proper cards by booking a CSCS Test online.