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. Additionally, using the construction tips found below can help your workplace can run more smoothly and reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring.
Check to make sure that all scaffolds are set on flat, even ground and are fully planked. Scaffolds should not be erected or moved within 10 feet of power lines. Employees are not allowed to work on scaffolds in bad weather or high winds. Do not use ladders, boxes, or barrels to raise the work height. Do not load up scaffolds with more weight than they were designed to support.
2. Electrical Safety
All power must be 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.
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