Occupational Safety

How do I make a worksite safe?

The risks are greater when construction work is done independently, without professionals. Occupational safety is all about small acts and attitude. Make sure no tools are left on the floor, use safety glasses and a helmet, concentrate on what is being done and acknowledge people and the wildlife around you. Protection shoes provide grip and protect the feet from any falling objects.

People falling are the biggest reason for fatalities and injuries at construction sites. Also, the falling of building materials and equipment can cause great harm. When working high up, rails and a harness are a necessity. When working outside, use only rubber coated electric cables meant for outdoor use.

A tidy work site is not only safe, but also a pleasant place to work. Being very tired is a risk to the quality of work and to occupational safety.

Can I work on a ladder?

We do not recommend self-supporting ladders to be used for anything else than light and short-term tasks. Ladders should be used primarily for a way of passage or for the fastening and unfastening of equipment. Opening doors, vehicles or people mustn’t come into contact with the ladder when in use. Other people at the worksite should be warned and an easily noticeable sign should be left near the work station. Scaffolding, a hydraulic lifting platform, a trestle, and movable stairs are safer options to using a ladder.

How should rainwater chutes be cleaned?

If you cannot access the chute safely, for example with a hydraulic lifting platform or a safety harness, we suggest you use a gutter cleaner at the end of a telescope rod. The work can be finished off by using a water hose, preferably a hose with a nozzle. A safety harness can be acquired jointly with a neighbour.