Construction sites can be dangerous settings for workers as well as walkers. The process of demolition is also a dangerous process so it has to be planned properly to avoid any big danger. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates the demolition safety procedures as well as construction safety procedures. These procedures work to protect construction workers and passers-by from dangerous demolition injuries. Usually demolition involves intentionally crumpling sections of walls, supports and roof material. If proper steps are not taken to make the demolition protected so dangerous falling object injuries can occur. Part of the proper protection from these dangerous events is the construction and installation of protected walkways in areas with nearby foot traffic. This type of protection must be able to sustain a certain amount of weight per square foot to ensure these structures are safe from collapse and to protect any walker.
If someone is not properly protected so crumbling objects can cause traumatic injuries. Construction workers as well as walkers are at risk for serious traumatic brain injuries, and other resulting injuries if they are struck by falling demolished materials. Because of this serious threat it is very important that the demolition work is planned ahead of time and done in a way that promotes safety for all. Falling objects are dangerous because they can cause severe head injury. Being smacked by a heavy falling object from nearly any height can cause severe damage to a person’s head and brain.
Usually these types of injuries have life long consequences. It’s also very important to focus on the equipments which are used in the demolition process. For instance an excavator. An excavator is a heavy equipment that is used in construction to dig trenches and demolish unwanted structures. Usually excavators are used by contractors to ease the work at any construction site. Basically, there are two main types of excavators. These two are different from each other on the basis of their operations.
- Steel cable operated excavator
- Hydraulically operated excavator
It’s very important for contractors to follow the safety measures properly at work, especially if they are working with excavators. Following are the few important safety measures.
The first and the most important safety measure while operating an excavator is the use of the suitable personal safety gear and protective wear. This is essential not only for workers operating the machines, But also for the other people around construction sites. Boots, safety vests, hard hats, protective glassed earmuffs and include in safety gears and protective wears. It’s also important to make sure that the workers operating excavators are adequately trained on its proper operations and uses and operators are licensed and certified by the authorities.
It’s also essential to make sure that the excavator used is properly checked and certified by an authorized inspector. Make sure that its repaired properly when needed and maintained regularly depending on the work schedule to ensure maximum safety and efficiency. If these safety measures would be avoided, it will lead to a fatal situation.
In order to avoid traffic accidents its essential to use a number of warning posters and signs to alert the traffic that an excavator is in use at the construction site. Make sure that the signs are very visible during the day as well as night. The signs are also important as they also alert the workers on safety procedures to be observed while working. The working area is normally referred to as a danger zone. So in order to avoid any casualty make sure that no other worker than the operator is within the danger zone. This can only be done by use of protective tape around the area, signs and alarms that warn the workers to stay at a safe distance.
Ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and specifications on how to use the excavator. This consists of the instructions such as the right attachments to be used, the lifting capacity, as well as the operating measures. In case of any causality make sure that there should be some safety and rescue measures. These safety and rescue measures must be available all times.