It’s up to every single person to keep each other safe on the construction site. Even though there is someone in charge of making sure everyone is working safely and wearing a safety vest, it takes a team effort to have as least-dangerous a site as possible.
Safety is a huge concern in the construction business, and there are some eye-opening facts and figures to prove this. Handfuls of laws have been passed and there’s legislation to prevent injury, but nothing can match the personal responsibility of the workers themselves. Having said this, construction safety training is a necessary part of being a responsible part of the team. Workers are required by law to be notified of any hazardous materials or conditions they might be working with, and this is an important part of the safety routine.
When all the separate components work together, construction becomes a finely tuned machine. One part of this infrastructure is the expertise of an engineer or engineers. One of their jobs is to ensure scaffolding and other temporary structures are sturdy and safe to work on. Another part of the team are certified safety trainers, people who have professional knowledge of construction safety. By learning everything about the ins and outs of the construction site, workers gain the upper hand in safety. Wearing a safety vest is a huge part of on-site precautions. They are actually required by law and give workers an advantage: visibility.
One very important thing is being certified to operate the machinery on site. Many will blow this thought off and say they learned everything they need to know from experience, but knowing how to operate something and knowing how to operate something correctly are two very different things. Official certification is required and criteria need to be met for the both the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the MSHA Mine Safety and Health Administration, as well as the Tort Law, which is a type of private law that covers personal liability. If these requirements aren’t met, the construction company could get into trouble with the law. The training to operate machinery often comes along with the purchase of the machine, but if not, it’s important that the training comes from somewhere else. This training often entails work in a workbook, watching videos, and taking a final quiz in order to acquire the Certificate of Completion.
This seems like a given, since who would want to work on a site where people operated machinery they never learned how to handle? Not only are the machines quite deadly in themselves, but if you put an inexperienced operator behind the controls, things could get even worse. Avoid issues with the law and unnecessary injury by letting untrained workers operate machinery.