With the upside of job creation and value to the economy that construction brings, the work also brings hazards and safety concerns. Some examples of these dangerous conditions include working from height, intense noise, extreme dust, moving objects, electrocutions and vehicle incidents. In this article we will explore the risks of falling from height and some of the prevention measures you can use to ensure you keep safe.
Falls are one of the most common causes of injury and death in the construction industry.
And it’s not as high as you think…When people think of risky heights, skyscrapers and tall buildings come to mind. However, most injuries are caused by falls from heights less than 4 meters. Statistics from the Safe Work Australia, Construction Industry Profile (https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/system/files/documents/1702/construction-industry-profile.pdf)
Following construction safety precautions can minimise your risk of injury during construction work. Precautions such as a hazard checklist can be used as a tool to get you started. Here are some considerations when thinking of construction safety
When working at a height check:
Think back to the last 10 incidents you have had. In most companies, 9 out of 10 were caused by human error. Companies can supply all the correct equipment and procedures, however sometimes these are not used or followed.
Most people want to be recognised as doing a great job and to be high achievers whilst having respect from their work peers and colleagues. Then why is it the statistics show many incidents are caused by human error.
Understanding how we are hard-wired may give us the self-awareness to create a “pattern interrupt” and break our usual path of action. This can be very difficult though. Imagine trying to change a very old habit.
Often our conscious mind knows what and how we should be taking action, however it is our subconscious that will drive our behaviours.
Some examples of behaviours that can cause incidents
A combination of the appropriate equipment, accessing the risks and understanding the human factors work together in keeping people safe and preventing falls
It’s a hard topic to bring up with a work mate or peer, however I think we all know when there have been times we should have spoken up. We want the best for our friends and work colleagues and most importantly, we all want to go home and be able to spend time with our loved ones and enjoy our life outside of work.
This is by no means an extensive list of safety precautions. Before carrying out construction work make sure you are informed correctly. For more information on construction safety visit: QLD Government Construction Working at Heights Information click link