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Safety Tips For A Safe Construction Season
Three Tips for a Safe Construction Season
 
A construction jobsite is like no other. Due to the multiple moving parts, ever-changing environment, tasks performed, and components a job-site brings, the hazards faced on a daily basis can be dangerous. For the welfare of both you and those around you, keep safety a priority this construction season.

HERE is a fun video on how not to operate safety on the job site. 

Here are a few safety tips to help keep safety at the forefront.  
 
1. Heat Stress/Exhaustion - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/ 

With summer upon us and temperatures rising, workers who are exposed to extreme heat and /or work in hot environments are at risk of heat stress. Heat stress can be anywhere. It can be seen with a simple heat rash, or more severe with heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. 
 
Employers need to educate and train their employees on heat stress. Workers should understand what heat stress is, how it affects their health and safety, and, most importantly, how it can be prevented. 
 
2. Site Hazards - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3252/3252.html 

Be aware of your surroundings. Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.
 
Be alert when working in a construction zone. Continually scan your work environment for potential hazards, have a plan in place should you spot a hazard, and be prepared to take action! 
       
3. New Confined Space Construction Standard – https://www.osha.gov/confinedspaces/index.html

OSHA has issued a NEW Confined Space Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA) that will be in effect starting August 3, 2015. The new rule emphasizes continuous worksite evaluation, communication, and training to further protect construction workers’ safety and health. 
 
Having this new standard in place could protect nearly 800 construction workers a year from serious injuries and reduce life-threatening hazards.

For more information regarding safety on the job site or to talk to someone about providing your workers with safety training, contact Fehr Graham's Safety Team at 815-235-7643. 
 

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