4 Common Safety Risks on Construction Sites
The construction industry is a hazardous sector in Ireland and comes with the risk of serious injury, or even death. The right knowledge and training can offset that risk, but it is also important to understand some of the most common safety risks on the modern construction site.
- High Decibel Sounds: From air compressors to cutting wheels, modern tools and equipment make a great deal of noise. Much of that noise is loud enough to damage the hearing of not only the operator, but also anyone standing too close. Ear protection can help to offset the risk of permanent hearing damage.
- Falling from a Height: Heights are part and parcel of construction, whether you’re building a residential house, working on a municipal project, or constructing a multi-storey commercial building. As such, falling from a height is one of the most significant risks construction workers face. Ensuring that all ladders are secured in place before using them, that all scaffolding is stable and has guardrails, and that workers have fall prevention equipment can reduce that risk.
- Moving Objects/Equipment: The construction site is a dynamic place, and objects and equipment can move quickly. Construction workers must remain vigilant at all times to avoid being harmed by a moving object or piece of equipment. Segregation of pedestrian construction workers from the plant is essential.
- Excavation Collapse: Each year, trenches and other excavations collapse due to a lack of shoring, poor soil quality and other issues. In many instances, those collapses injure or even trap workers who were inside the excavation. Following proper safety precautions regarding excavations is vital.