At a construction site, the safety of lives in the vicinity is of prime importance. It is the employer’s responsibility to protect their employees from injury and harm. Whether it is constructing roads, houses, workplaces or repairing and maintaining the infrastructure, there is always scope for fatalities occurring. Employers need to follow strict safety codes and make sure that the workers abide by the safety regulations. Apart from that, the construction workers would need different types of equipment to assist them at work and function in a safe environment. Here is a list of equipment that you should provide your construction workers.
1) Safety Harness
Using a safety harness as protective equipment is always recommended. Safety harnesses are used along with shock absorbers to regulate the deceleration at the end of the rope. Labourers need to be provided with height safety equipment to avert any fall-related injuries at the site.
2) Safety Vest
A safety vest is worn over the attire of a construction labourer. It is usually available in bright neon coloured fabric. The fabric is made of a reflective material that adds the element of high visibility to them. The safety vests are available in variations for protection from mesh, breakaway and flame. It allows the labourers to be differentiated from civilians passing through the area. Even in case of an accident at the site, the labourers would be identified easily as opposed to wearing safety vests. Safety vests make it easier to adhere to regulations and compile with industry policies.
3) Hard Hat
A construction site is prone to have falling debris and other construction materials. A hard hat is a helmet that has to be worn by the construction labourer. This protects their head from any probable head injury because of falling objects. It also prevents the worker from hurting himself by bumping into low ceilings or walls. The helmets are coloured differently to tell apart the class of labourers at work. It is enforced at every construction site to wear the protective headgear before entering work-in-progress areas.
4) Safety Gloves
Gloves provide appropriate protection while working in hazardous areas. At a construction site, a labourer would be prone to facing an episode of laceration or abrasion if they work without safety gloves. Common injuries that could occur while working with wires and punctures are cuts and deep abrasions. The usage of gloves for construction labourers is believed to reduce the relative risk of hand injuries by 60%. Even common building materials like cement can harm a labourer’s hands.
5) Safety Shoes
Safety shoes would protect their feet while they are at the site from any cut or injury from strewn objects. Construction sites are often covered in hazardous objects like broken glass, cement or any hot chemicals that may have spilt during the construction process. Safety shoes are designed to be slip-resistant and reduce the chances of falling. They also protect from any electrical risks or chemical spills in the vicinity.
6) Safety Glasses and Goggles
The human eyes are sensitive to foreign objects in the atmosphere and are prone to harm. Construction sites can pose as a ground for significant eye injuries. The site can cause serious injuries like temporary blurred vision, irritation or burns or even blindness. The safety glasses and goggles protect the eyes from corrosive chemicals, wind, particulates, sharp objects, debris and harmful liquids. Make sure to keep this protective eyewear in stock at your site.
7) Safety Earmuffs
Construction areas of buildings, roads and other infrastructure are heavily jammed with noise because of the use of big machinery. Exposure to high decibels for over a minute can cause temporary or worse, permanent hearing damage or loss of hearing. With safety earmuffs, the labourer’s ears will be protected from extreme noise. The earmuffs help block the sounds with foam and different components of the ear cup. The exposure to loud sounds from machinery can be cut off by using earplugs as well.
8) Safety Masks
Safety masks can help protect the labourer against respiratory hazards because of gases, fumes, and mists at the construction site. Without the right protective gear, the labourers are exposed to contracting respiratory issues.
9) Other Tools
Construction labourers would also have to use instruments by hand. These tools have always enabled the quick and accurate performance of construction activities. The hand tools a construction labourer would have are screwdrivers, brushes, trowels, knives, crimpers, wrenches, crimpers and clamps. The power tools would include mixers, saws, cutters, grinders, drills, guns and breakers. These work on electricity, compressed air, liquid fuel, hydraulic power or power actuated machinery. Machinery tools that they would help them for cutting, boring, grinding, etc. For general uses, construction labourers would need shovels, hammers, etc.
Another thing to keep in mind while selecting equipment for your labourers is selecting tools that would be appropriate for the job. Be mindful of the quality, safety and comfort depending on the duration of use of equipment and availability of skilled labourers. It is also essential to have designated storage spaces to put the equipment to use for a longer time. It would be easier to manage if a proper inventory of tools is maintained including the manufacturer details, parts requirements and so on. The tools should be properly labelled to identify the damaged tools of the lot.
However, storing equipment may be a costly affair if you only need the work done for a short term. Hiring temporary agencies to staff temporary construction workers would be a smarter approach to take. Choose Prime Staffing for hiring construction labourers with advanced equipment and skilled workforce.