Construction is one of the most hazardous industries to work in due to dangerous heights, moving objects, and heavy machinery that can cause debilitating or even fatal injuries. However, construction is also a necessary industry. Calahan Construction combats site hazards by adhering to various safety rules and procedures. Let’s look at what these processes are and how they protect workers on the job.
This post covers the following topics:
- Construction safety tips worth following
- How Calahan invests in construction safety
- When does Calahan use our safety measures and tips?
We’ve found that the following procedures keep everyone safe during construction projects:
- Proper Safety Training: Construction safety training should always be a contractor’s first priority when they onboard new workers. Proper training informs construction workers about the hazards they face on the job and gives them the tools to avoid dangerous situations. All of our workers complete training from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): PPE includes hard hats, safety glasses, ear plugs, and other wearable safety gear. This safety equipment prevents heavy objects, loud noises, gases, chemicals, and silica dust from harming workers. This protective gear for construction workers also prevents many avoidable problems from occurring on construction sites.
- Fall Protection Measures: About 65% of construction workers perform tasks at unusual heights, putting them at risk for falling. Protection measures such as safety nets and body harnesses prevent fatal injuries from falls.
- Crane Safety Training: Cranes help with many large tasks on construction sites, including putting tilt-up walls in place. However, these machines are often safety hazards, too, because they’re so large and unwieldy. Training crane operators on safe operation procedures prevents many avoidable crane accidents.
- Night Work Limits: This construction safety tip may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s critical. Contractors shouldn’t work at night due to low visibility. If a contractor has to work at night, it’s best to limit construction to low-risk areas on the ground.
These are just some of the construction safety procedures we use when we complete projects for our clients. All of these tips help our workers and everyone in the job site’s vicinity stay safe.
Like most construction contractors, we provide safety wear for our construction workers and enact fall prevention measures, among other procedures. However, we also take it a few steps beyond those measures. Our president, Richard Calahan, is a board member of the Steel Erectors Safety Association of Colorado (SESAC). This organization works to ensure that all steel erection contractors—construction contractors that operate cranes—have access to safety training and resources so that these measures don’t become an unfair competitive advantage for certain contractors. Safety is for everyone—it’s not a way to edge out the competition. That’s why we stay involved with SESAC.
All day, every day. Safety isn’t something we can forego in the construction industry. We build commercial and industrial buildings that our clients need to stay in business. Our workers rely on us to create safe work environments, so we always make sure they have the safety equipment and the training necessary to carry out their tasks safely and avoid workplace accidents. These measures ensure that our workers, clients, and job sites stay as safe as possible as we complete our construction projects.
Ready to complete a safe construction project? Connect with Calahan Construction today. We prioritize safety with everything we do, and we want to bring that dedication to your next construction job.