Last year, there were two separate asphalt pavement accidents that caused the lives of at least two workers. This made us think what measures we can take to ensure that our workers are safe when they are working on a Haines City parking lot paving. Though most asphalt paving companies are trying their best to put safety measures for their workers, unforeseen circumstances and sometimes, freak accidents, just happen.
Here are four tips that can guide your crew to a safer work environment. Print this out and distribute them among your staff. You never know when these tips can save a life.
Take care when getting on and off the equipment or machine
Are you aware that getting on and off the equipment is the number one cause of injuries and deaths to equipment operators, truck drivers, and forklift drivers? A moving piece of equipment that is as heavy as a paver, for example, can cause serious and most of the times, fatal injuries. It is important to mount and get off the machine properly.
First, check your gloves if you are using the high-grip ones because it makes pulling yourself up or pushing yourself down the machine safer. You should also avoid carrying things when getting on the machine. When getting off it, don’t jump. Instead, use the ladder, the footstool, or lower yourself in a controlled manner.
Don’t let people crowd your work area
People are naturally curious even if the situation is unsafe for them. Ask the foreman to tell the people to stay away from the area when you are about to start the machine.
There’s nothing more annoying for big equipment drivers than people standing beside the machine or very near it. This exposure to injury may cause others their lives and the driver his job and future.
Overhead and buried obstructions
Be aware of obstructions either overhead or buried underneath the ground. There are electrical lines, water pipes, sewer, gas, and telecom lines to think of. Ask for a blueprint of the property before starting your construction.
Next, make marks on areas that have overhead lines or low clearances, as well as buried utilities. Make sure that all operators and workers are aware of the signs before they enter the work zone.
Secure the paving area
You are not putting up warning signs only to ward off the public. These are being put also to keep your workers safe from accidents.
Contractors should devise a temporary traffic control plan for their site and follow the standards specified under the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).