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Revealed: 15 hazards that come with construction jobs and what you can do about them

by , 14 April 2014
If you're in the construction sector, pay close attention. There are 15 main hazards in construction work. And if you don't deal with them, your employees could get injured or even die. Since that's a risk you can't afford to take, read on to find out about these hazards and what you can do to deal with them.

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15 main hazards in construction

The European Agency for Health and Safety at Work says among the dangers in construction are:
 

  1. Falls from working at height;
  2. Crush injuries in excavation work;
  3. Slips and trips;
  4. Being struck by falling objects;
  5. Moving heavy loads;
  6. Bad working positions (often in confined spaces);
  7. Being struck or crushed by a workplace vehicle;
  8. Receiving injuries from hand tools;
  9. Inhalation of dust;
  10. Handling of rough materials;
  11. Exposure to dangerous substances (chemical and biological);
  12. Working near, in, or over water;
  13. Exposure to radiation;
  14. Loud noise; and
  15. Vibration from tools or vibrating machinery.

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One simple step to win over any labour inspector

By law if you operate any machinery in your workplace, you must display the General Machinery Regulations Schedule D (Or Schedule C if you use boilers) where your employees can see it. This will be one of the first things a labour inspector will look for.

Take this simple step for a good start to any inspection.

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Here's what you can do to deal with the dangers that come with construction jobs

The Health & Safety Advisor explains that in South Africa, you must comply with Construction Regulations 2014 if you're in the construction sector.

Earlier this year, the Department of Labour (DoL) promulgated the Construction Regulations 2014 providing a legislative platform to address health and safety in the South African construction industry.

Engineering News reports that when the regulations were launched, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said: 'The safety of employees must be an absolute priority. It's unacceptable that on average two South African construction workers die every week.'

The regulations have everything covered when it comes to the construction sector. This includes safety requirements for fall protection plans, electrical installations and machinery and material hoists.

You can find Construction Regulations 2014 here. Make sure you're familiar with what it says as that's the only way you'll deal with the hazards that come with construction work.



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