Solutions for Safety & Visual Communication
Written by Steve Hudgik
OSHA reports that nearly 6.5 million workers are employed at approximately 252,000 construction job sites in America on any given day. The sad part of the story is that the fatal injury rate on construction job sites is higher than the national average for all industries. Job site safety is important.
Five of the OSHA safety standards that are most frequently violated on construction job sites are:
What are the job site safety hazards associated with scaffolding? Essentially it is all covered in one sentence, scaffolds that are not erected or used properly. This results in about 4,500 injuries and 50 scaffolding related fatalities each year.
OSHA Recommended Solutions For Scaffolding Job Site Safety:
Falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities on construction job sites. A number of factors are often involved in falls, including some of the other job site safety hazards discussed here such as scaffolds and ladders. In general, job site falls most often result from unstable working surfaces, misuse or failure to use fall protection equipment, and human error. Studies have shown that using guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers and restraint systems can significantly reduce the number of deaths and injuries from falls.
OSHA Recommended Solutions For Job Site Safety:
Ladders and stairways are another source of job site safety hazards. OSHA estimates that there are 24,882 injuries and as many as 36 fatalities per year due to falls on stairways and ladders used in construction. Nearly half of these injuries were serious enough to require time off from the job.
Trench related hazards, including collapses, cause dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries each year.
Job Site Trench Safety:
Hazards associated with the chemicals on the job site must be clearly communicated. Because work sites can be rapidly changing environments, hazard communication may be delayed or forgotten. As result hazardous chemicals cause chemical burns, respiratory problems, fires and explosions.
Hazard Communication Solutions:
Job site security refers to protecting your job site from both theft loses and unauthorized intruders. Equipment and material theft from construction job sites is a major source of loss for contractors. A source of some theft is unauthorized intruders, but unauthorized people gaining access to the job site also result in safety and injury issues, liability issues, and the potential equipment damage. If these job site security issues can be eliminated that directly adds profit to the bottom line.
Job Site Security – Preventing Theft
Job site equipment and material theft has two primary sources:
For example, deliver truck drivers can be a source of theft. They have easy access to your job site, can get inside job site security fences, and it is not unusual to see them moving and loading/unloading material and equipment.
The basics of job site security involve installing a security fence around the job site to restrict access. This includes establishjng a "clear zone" for at least five feet inside the fence. No equipment or materials should be placed within the clear zone. The fence should be marked with signs identifying the job site as "No Trespassing" or "Danger -Keep Out" and directing people to the location of gates that allow access.
Thieves are lazy and will go where theft is easy and the risk low. Make sure thieves know your job site is not easy pickings. Use signs around your job site to point out obvious security measures such as "Site Monitored By Security Cameras" and "Reward For Stolen Equipment Tips."
Job site security involves making it obvious to thieves that your equipment, tools and materials will be easy to identify and recover. Equipment and tools should be marked with highly distinct bright colors making it easy to identify them as belonging to your company. Also mark everything with highly visible ID numbers using permanent labels made using a DuraLabel printer and supplies. You'll have tough tested ID labels that survive in a construction environment and are guaranteed for five years.
In addition to providing a theft deterrent, ID labels are also used to track tools and equipment on the job site. Bar codes on the labels makes it easy to "check out" and "check in" equipment and tools. They are also used for conducting inventories, verifying storage locations, and ensuring all equipment and tools are properly locked up or secured at the end of the day. Bar code labels can also be used to verify security guards have checked on equipment by requiring specific equipment labels to be scanned during each shift.
DuraLabel also makes unique labeling supplies specifically for security purposes, such as custom UV watermark labels. This DuraLabel supply allows you to make custom labels that have an invisible watermark that is only visible under UV light.
In addition to the labels, bead weld identifying information onto major equipment. This provides a permanent identifying mark that cannot easily be removed. On smaller equipment and tools the ID number can be stamped into the tool, in a hidden location if possible, in addition to the ID label.
To further enhance job site security, in addition to ID numbers, mark equipment and materials with rewards labels. These are labels that offer a reward to anyone reporting the equipment in a location other than your job site.
Materials and supplies should be treated the same way as tools and equipment. Whenever possible they should be stored in locked areas. Be sure that locks are protected so they cannot be cut using bolt cutters. Label and mark your materials and supplies so that it is obvious they can easily be identified. And restrict access to materials and supplies to only those who specifically need access.
Another part of job site security is to ensure employees are doing what they are supposed to do and are only where they are supposed to be. Use job site security signs to remind your employees, and sub-contractor employees, about security and the steps they need to be taking to ensure job site security. Use signs to identify restricted and dangerous areas. Signs can also be used to mark off specific project work areas and identify pathways to and from work areas.
Any person coming into the job site from the outside is a security threat. Develop a system to verify the identity of people who deliver packages, materials, and equipment. For example, require at least three three forms of identification, such as: a driver's license, a company ID card that has a photograph, and a credit card. If there is any doubt, call the person's company to verify employment. Use custom signs to direct deliveries and visitors to specific areas, such as checking in with security when they arrive. As the job progresses you may want to direct different types of deliveries to different areas. This can be done with large custom signs made using your DuraLabel printer. Don't just use a single sign to point in the general direction, use a series of signs that mark the path you want deliveries and visitors to follow.
In a constantly changing, sometimes noisy environment in which workers come and go, and where multiple languages may be spoken, visual communication is important. That's why job site signs are important
Job site signs are more than signs to identify your company as the contractor doing the work. On large job sites signs provide a means of visually communicating important information.
Job site signs warn employees, sub-contractors, vendors and visitors about hazards on the job site.
Job site signs enhance security, identify restricted areas, and direct people and vehicles to follow approved paths.
Job site signs identify equipment, tools, materials, storage areas, work areas and offices.
Job site signs help ensure compliance with OSHA, EPA, NFPA and other federal, state and local regulatory agencies.
DuraLabel job site signs can be printed in multiple languages and using both standard and custom pictograms, symbols and messages.
With a four inch DuraLabel printer, such as the standalone DuraLabel TORO, you'll be able to make all of the job site signs and labels you need. Your DuraLabel printer can easily make small wire marker labels and a large 2 foot x 3 foot job site sign. You can print pipe markers, window decals, and OSHA compliant safety signs. The versatility of a DuraLabel custom sign printer is amazing – and that means it delivers a very fast ROI.
With a DuraLabel printer, and tough tested DuraLabel supplies, you'll have tough, durable signs and labels for your job site. Signs made with DuraLabel vinyl are so though they are warrantied for five years – even when exposed to outdoor weathering and daily, direct sunlight. No one else provides a warranty like that.
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