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It's work, not war: How to prevent deadly harm in construction

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With 775 fatalities and 90,000 injuries on construction jobsites across the country every year, the industry has a way to go until we achieve Zero Accidents.

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It's work, not war: How to prevent deadly harm in construction

  1. 1. It’s work, not war: how to prevent deadly harm in construction With 775 fatalities and 90,000 injuries on construction jobsites across the country every year, the industry has a way to go until we achieve Zero Accidents. These 4 causes account for more than half (56%) of all construction worker deaths in 2012, and eliminating them would save 435 workers' lives in America every year. Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector increased 5% to 775 in 2012, from 738 in 2011 Total hours worked in the private construction industry increased one percent in 2012 The increase in fatal occupational injuries in 2012 follows five consecutive years of declining fatal injury counts in the construction sector Fatal construction injuries are down 37% since 2006 Know the 4 most common causes of construction site fatalities Falls Struck by Electrocutions Caught-in/ between 36% 10% 9% 2% Even small, unsafe acts can pave the way for major accidents. 2012 1% The 10 most commonly cited OSHA violations are: Walk through these checklists daily 1 2 8 3 7 5 9 4 6 Take care of yourself off the job 1 2 ! 3 4 5Lack of or improper fall protection systems Poor hazard communication Improper scaffolding Lack of respiratory protection Electrical wiring hazards 6 7 8 9 10Powered industrial truck accidents Problems with ladders Lockout/tagout– Faulty electrical systems design Improper or no protection from machinery Failure to properly shut off equipment Unsafe situations escalate Know what you and every person can do to build safety together Eat well Hunger is distracting Exercise Staying fit can prevent back, knee and other injuries Driving Close to 30,000 Americans die in car accidents each year. Safety begins with you – driving safely to and from the jobsite. Sleep Starting the day being well rested leads to fewer mistakes and surer footing ! Identify all specifichazards found Environmental exposures/hazards Craft Hazards Hazards from other trades For every step, plan forhow will you controlthe hazards ! Do pre-tasking planning by... Debrief from previousday’s activities List ALL the stepsof the job Have the safety equipment you need before starting Head Protection Eye and Face Protection Foot Protection High Visibility Attire Respiratory Protection Work Attire 3" Shirts will have a minimum sleeve length of 3 inches Tank tops and cut-off shirts are not permitted Long trousers that fit properly around the waist and ankles are required.The length of the trouser will be such as to not present a tripping hazard. Shorts are not permitted. Limber up before you start Taking time to stretch and flex your muscles before hard work makes you mentally and physically prepared SafetyWeek2014.com InjuryFreeEnvironment.com USA.Skanska.com 10 Know the top 10 danger zones But Zero Accidents must be our goal. We can build safer jobsites, but it’s up to every individual to take the steps necessary to prevent accidents. Sources www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm#2011 www.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/frequent_standards.html Fatality Lost Time Accidents OSHA Recordable First Aid Unsafe Acts (Near Miss)

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