In a construction project, heavy equipment is always present. However, despite that they’re quite useful, they can also be dangerous, especially when you are not using them correctly. That’s why accidents are quite common in the construction site; oftentimes, workers get injured whenever they are using or close to bulky or heavy equipment. To prevent that from happening, follow these construction safety tips around heavy equipment.
Wear Smart PPE
At a construction site, the employees should be encouraged to wear smart PPE, such as safety glasses, gloves, vests, hard hats, and sturdy boots. Additionally, when loading and unloading the equipment at the construction site, it should be done on level ground– this would eliminate the risks of rollovers when getting the items on or off the trailer or truck.
Constant Communication Is a Must
With the advancements in technology and the help of IoT, communication has been more comfortable. For that reason, it’s imperative for project managers to ensure that there’s constant communication with the people on the job site. A two-way radio is the best form of communication, but there are other smart devices that you can also use for this purpose.
Know Your Environment
When operating heavy machinery, it’s very important to stay alert at all times and be mindful of your surroundings. Make sure that the overhead power lines are de-energized, but if it’s not possible, then create barriers to prevent making direct contact with them. For this purpose, smart traffic cones can be quite useful as it can detect unusual activities which would automatically alert those who are in charge.
In case you are digging, check if all the underground utilities, like the gas, sewer, electrical, and water have been thoroughly reviewed and adequately marked. This would assure you that there isn’t any damage that might intervene with the project.
Aside from that, workers should be prohibited from going to locations where heavy equipment are being used. Likewise, operators should know the swing radius, especially when tackling a project in cramped spaces to avoid hitting bystanders, workers, or other equipment nearby.
Check Equipment Regularly
You have to keep in mind that each machine contains thousands of moving parts or more that have to be regularly checked to ensure that it’s in excellent condition. It is essential to inspect the machinery, especially heavy equipment to avoid accidents and injuries. However, if IoT technology is already being practiced within the job site, most of this machinery are probably embedded with sensors that send signals whenever it’s not functioning correctly.
Only Use the Equipment for Its Main Purpose
Each construction equipment or machinery is made to perform specific tasks. For instance, excavators are not cranes, and wheel loaders aren’t designed to carry construction workers in the bucket and function as an aerial lift. What we are trying to say is that you should be using the right kind of equipment when performing tasks, and make sure that you are using it based on the manufacturer’s instructions. That means … Read more ...