When you are running a construction site, it's important to keep all of your employees safe while on the job. When you have pedestrians working alongside forklifts, you will need to set up specific parameters to allow both to work closely together without coming into dangerous contact. Your forklift drivers will need to be trained in the safety surrounding pedestrians in the workplace, and your walking staff will need to take certain precautions to avoid serious injury from a forklift accident.
Starting a business in the construction industry can be a very exciting endeavor. You get the chance to make your own schedule, decide which jobs you'll take on, and be involved in a busy sector of the economy. However, the first thing you'll need to do is obtain the right equipment. You need cranes, forklifts, and a whole host of other types of machinery so you can get the job done.
A large and powerful air compressor is the perfect source of power for drills, saws, and other pneumatic devices used for tough jobs like boring holes in concrete. However, all that air-powered cutting and grinding can also release a lot of dust that blows around the site and can even damage the air compressor itself. Protect your equipment, workers, and anyone living near the construction site by using these four tips.
Although crane rental companies are responsible for providing periodic maintenance services, it is the renter's responsibility to inspect the cranes before every shift to ensure that all components are in working condition. As outlined in Regulation Standard 1926.1413(a)(1) by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the renting company must have a competent person inspect the equipment before and after each shift. The condition of the wire ropes is of particular concern, and should be inspected while running and standing.
Crane safety is extremely important. Cranes are so large, they are very dangerous if not operated properly. Even with proper safety organizations and training, deadly accidents happen all the time. These major crane accidents that have happened around the United States will help you understand how quickly an accident can happened on site.
In November of 2006, a 210-foot crane was constructing a giant tower in Bellevue, Washington. At 7:45pm, the crane toppled over and fell across a major thoroughfare and destroyed three different buildings its wake.