If you are a foreman or a member of a crew that works in concrete construction, you are aware that along with this discipline come many hazards that if not identified early on, can cause injury and quickly bring the crew and work to a stop.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll cover the basic hazards common to concrete jobs and offer solutions that OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has defined as best practices. Our goal: to provide you and your crew with ways to stay safe and productive while on the job, avoiding the top hazards and risks.
Concrete Safety Statistics
Here are some current statistics that you may find interesting when it comes to safety when working with concrete, which highlights the importance of minimizing on-site project safety risks:
- More than 250,000 people work in concrete manufacturing
- Each year, more than 10% (or about 28,000 people) of workers in the concrete industry experience a job-related injury. In one year, 42 people in this industry died from their injuries.
- Some of the potential hazards for workers include:
- Eye, skin, and respiratory irritation from cement dust
- Chemical burns from wet concrete
- Slipping, tripping, and falls from wet work areas
- Overexertion and injuries from heavy lifting and awkward positions
- Lack of or inadequate safe guards on concrete equipment
- Missing or inadequate lockouts on concrete equipment
Over the next month, we will take a more in-depth look at each of these hazards and offer OSHA-based recommendations that should help your jobsite and crew identify and solve these issues before they become injuries.
At Ace Cutting, we are just as concerned about the safety of your job site as we are about choosing the right type of equipment. We hope this series will offer some insights and ideas to make your next job and those in the future safer for you and your crew.
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