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Construction Job Site Safety Audit – 9 Common Construction Site Safety Issues

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The construction job site safety audit can be a critical tool for keeping your projects on time and under budget. On going attention to safety and loss control is the ounce of prevention that’s worth a pound of cure.

A regular process, that identifies and then corrects or removes work site hazards, efficiently minimizes accidents and injuries.

Here are nine relatively common safety issues that were revealed by a regular construction job site safety audit:

  1. Trenching
  • Excessive trench depth increases collapse hazard
  • Work must only proceed where collapse protection is in place
  • Collapses protection can be provided with proper sloping.
  1. Containers – Gas cans must be clearly labeled as to contents and hazards.
  2. Rigging Slings – Rigging must be taken out of service when heavily damaged or when wear detectors are visible.
  3. Stairs – Stairs need to be properly constructed with consistent rise and run, secured treads, and stair rails in place.
  4. Office Trailers – Unused access and entrance doors must be physically blocked from use to avoid falls.
  5. Loading Platforms – Railings, to prevent falls, must have mid and top rails in place. Under certain conditions chains can be used.
  6. Flammable Liquid Storage – A Flammable Storage Cabinet must be installed and used in any building or trailer where over 25 gallons of flammable liquids are stored.
  7. Fire Extinguishers – Storage trailers containing flammable or combustible materials must have fire extinguishers within 50 foot proximity.
  8. Ladders – Damaged ladders or ladder sections must be tagged “Do Not Use” until removed from the job site and destroyed.

The loss control audit by a safety officer or safety consultant provides important focus on the prevention of accidents and injuries in busy work environments.

In this example, nine safety issues were found. The hazards were identified before there were any injuries or accidents. Corrective action was immediate for some of the issues, while others required scheduling. Either way business interruption was kept to a minimum.

To take a look at the details of this loss control audit, including photos, please click on construction job site safety audit.