Hazards in the Construction Industry
Hazards in the Construction Industry
One of the most dangerous working conditions and also more exposed to accidents is the construction site. Daily construction workers are exposed to excessive construction hazards, which can lead to injury or even death. Furthermore construction companies can prevent this if they are familiar and they know how to identify all sorts of dangers. In addition, the construction workers should be aware of their vulnerability to damage or injuries at work.
Slips, Trips, & Falls
Slips, Trips, & Falls
When you consider the diverse range of activities going on at a construction site at any one time it seems hardly surprising slips, trips, and falls happen on an almost daily basis.
Every working day five people are hurt in workplace slips, trips and falls
- Every working day one person is so badly hurt that they miss over a month from work
- Slips, trips and falls are the second highest single cause of workplace injuries
- There are more than 1,400 workplace slips, trips and falls reported each year
- A greater percentage of slips, trips and falls lead to over a month off work, compared to all other accidents
Hence, according to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips and trips are the single most common cause of injuries at work, and account for over a third of all major work injuries.
The main causes of slips, trips and falls in the workplace are:
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Unsuitable floor coverings
- Wet floors
- Changes in levels
- Trailing cables
- Poor lighting
- Poor housekeeping
- Inappropriate Safety Footwear
Therefore To Eliminate Trip Hazards
- Keep work areas neat and tidy,while putting tools, materials, and other items away after use.
- Pick up items off the floor, hence you didn’t put them there.
- Step over or around obstructions, not on them.
- Walk slowly and change directions slowly, especially when carrying a load.
- Watch for changes in floor level—such as a few steps or a ramp up or down.
- Report lighting problems, such as burned-out bulbs, to maintenance right away.
- Use a flashlight if they need more light leaving the facility in the dark.
- Leave boxes, bags, tools, or other materials on the floor-never!!
- Block walkways with hand trucks, equipment, or materials-never!!!
- Don’t leave cords or cables in walkways
Most of all, instruct employees to:
- Clean up spills, drips, and leaks immediately.
- Wear sensible shoes with non-skid soles, and also wipe their feet when they come inside on wet days.
- Shuffle feet on slippery surfaces.
- Report slip hazards if they can’t fix them.
Footwear– Ensure workers choose suitable footwear with the correct type of sole.
- Construction workers should wear work shoes or boots with slip-resistant and puncture-resistant soles.
- Safety-toed footwear is worn to prevent crushed toes while working around heavy equipment or falling objects.
Footwear selection has to take account of a number of factors in addition to slip resistance, such as comfort, durability and any other safety features required, such as toe protection.
- Accidents are expensive – there are many hidden and uninsured costs. With footwear, like any product, you tend to get what you pay for. Ensure you buy footwear which will do the job rather than save money. But it may be more comfortable or attractive – ensuring that staff wear it, and it may last longer.
- Specify the main surfaces and contaminants which cause slip risks in your workplace, and most of all seek your supplier’s advice on suitable footwear.
- Some generally slip-resistant footwear may not be suitable in specific demanding conditions. For example, footwear that performs well in the wet might not be suitable on oily surfaces or where there are sticky food spillages which clog up the cleats.
- Remember – workers may not wear footwear if it is uncomfortable or impractical, no matter how effective it is.
The codes indicate that the footwear has met the specified requirements when tested as follows:
- SRA – tested on ceramic tile wetted with dilute soap solution;
- SRB – tested on smooth steel with glycerol;
- SRC – tested under both the above conditions.
Best Anti-Slippery Safety Footwear
Ankle Safety Boots Working Class Hero LYNX S3 SRC
Working Class Hero Safety Boots designed to measure up the Boldness of the Hard Workers who wear them. Tough and solid as a rock. Used to heavy physical labour, long hours and harsh conditions.
- Safety ankle shoes with composite toe cap and puncture resistant insole,
- Anti-static, anti-slip and oil resistant rubber sole
- Upper made of high quality water resistant grain leather
- Blue Nubuck Leather with water repellent treatment and 3D mesh breathable lining.
- Poly-carbonate Toecap (200 J according to DIN EN 12568)
- Q-Flex zero perforation non-metallic mid-sole, while resistance up to 1100 Newton
- Dual density Rubber/Nitrile Sole provides shock absorption, while it provides extreme comfort
- Exchangeable in-sock for maximum comfort.
- Closed tongue to prevent dust and/or water entrance.
- Heat resistant up to 300º for short period
Safety Steel Leather Boots Chrome S3 SRC
- Ankle leather footwear with steel toe cap and insole.
- Quality resistant steel toe cap is suitable for work in demanding conditions , while protects your toes against external influences, which can cause slight and even serious injuries.
- Steel insole is a part of strong outsole of the shoe therefore it provides its strenght and puncture resistance.
- 3D lining increases breathability of the footwear, which gives you soft, dry and fresh feel all day long
- Reflective PVC strap is designed to ensure safety hence low visibility.
- Material used : Bovine grain leather , textile breathable lining, PU-PU oil resistant, antistatic, anti-slippery outsole.
Safety Steel Sneakers Jogger S1 SRC
- Low leather footwear with steel toe cap.
- Quality resistant steel toe cap is suitable for work in demanding conditions and in addition it protects toes against external influences, which can cause slight and even serious injuries.
- Steel insole is a part of strong outsole of the shoe and as a result, it provides its strenght and puncture resistance.
- 3D lining increases breathability of the footwear. It means more comfortable wearing during summer and also in heated environments.
- Reflective PVC strap is designed to ensure safety despite low visibility.
- Material; Quality cow suede leather , textile breathable lining, PU-RPU oil resistant, anti-static, anti-slip outer-sole.
Norms : EN ISO 20345:11 S1 SRC
Extreme Ardea S3 SRC ( New for Spring 2017)
Extraordinary footwear for out extreme working conditions. High lace-up shoes with a full grain warm leather top that withstands wear and time and guarantees total water-resistance. Padded collar, safety eyelets for quick removal, and in addition protection made of PU in the toe cap and heel area and non-slip, anti-static sole with a shock-absorbing insert.
Resistance and tenacity
Once you put these shoes on, no land will be too impervious to walk on.
The footwear of the EXTREME range has a decisive and captivating look and are made with the highest quality materials that provide resistance and solidity, but without scarifying the comfort.
- Full water resistant
- Full grain leather
- Toe cap made of a composite rust resistant and anti-allergenic material (50% lighter than common steel toe caps)
- Highly comfortable and extraordinarily flexible puncture resistant multi-layer and polyester fabric insole (40% lighter than the common steel plates).
- The sole, equipped with abrasive resistant bracing in the toe cap and in the heel area, has a particular structure where the elasticity of the low density polyurethane insole is combined with the robustness of the two-colour compact thermo polyurethane outsoles.
In conclusion, the test reports show that the energy absorption coefficient in the heel area exceeds the standards required by EN ISO 20345:2011 by 175%.