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Manage Construction Safety With These 5 Tips

As your construction attorney in Jacksonville we know that most workplace incidents can be easily avoided with the right knowledge of OSHA’s rules and regulations. With the guidance of these few construction tips, your workplace can run smooth and accident free.

1. Scaffolding

Check to make sure that all scaffolds are set on sound footing and are fully planked. Scaffolds should not be erected or moved within 10 feet of powerlines. Employees are not allowed to work on scaffolds in bad weather or high winds. Do not use ladders, boxes, or barrels to raise work height. Do not load up scaffolds with more weight than they were designed to support.

2. Electrical Safety

All power must shut off before beginning work on new and existing energized (hot) electrical circuits. Make sure all extension cords have grounding prongs. Protect all flexible cords and cables from any damage by avoiding sharp corners. All frayed or worn electrical cords should be replaced immediately. Make sure that all your electrical tools are properly grounded unless they are double insulated.

3. Wall And Floor Openings

Floor openings that are 12 inches or more should be guarded by a secured cover or a guardrail.

4. Elevated Surfaces

Any surfaces that are elevated more than 48 inches above the floor or ground need to have standard guardrails. There must be permanent means of entry and exit with handrails provided to elevated storage and work areas.

5. Crane Safety

Cranes should be restricted from operating within 10 feet of any electrical power lines. All cranes should be equipped with a load chart, and the operator should be able to understand and use the load chart. All crane machinery should be inspected daily prior to use by workers. Any accessible areas within the crane’s swing radius must be barricaded.

5. Forklift Safety

No employee under the age of 18 should operate a forklift. Forklifts must be inspected daily for proper condition of brakes, horns, steering, forks and tires. Written approval from the truck manufacturer is obtained for any modification or additions which affect capacity and safe operation of the vehicle. Battery charging should be conducted in areas specifically designated for that purpose. Refresher training is provided and an evaluation is conducted whenever a forklift operator has been observed operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner and when an operator is assigned to drive a different type of truck.

To schedule a consultation with experienced construction attorneys in Jacksonville from Trent Cotney, P.A., please call us today at 904.425.5030 or submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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