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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Keeping Your Jobsite Safe From Visitors
The old song lyrics by Soul Asylum really are true. “Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd” and it happens at jobsites across the country everyday. It doesn’t matter if you are at a construction site (big or small), trenching or shoring, or working at a make shift jobsite on the side of a road. The public are very curious. That is why companies create and sell a wide variety of pedestrian safety equipment. Barriers and cones are not enough to keep unauthorized visitors out. Ever seen curious kids on a closed jobsite on weekends? Here are some tips to help eliminate accidents or injuries after your jobsite has closed.
Lock or secure all powered equipment so it can’t be started &de-energize electric panels.
Lower all machinery that have moving parts to ground and lock them.
Do not park heavy equipment on or near a slope where it may roll if the brakes or clutch are released.
Store gasoline and other chemicals in areas where others will not have access to them.
Place highly visible and secure barricades around all trenches and pits, or erect a fence around them.
Remove, store and lock ladders when not in use.
Inspect fences and repair any openings that would create access to the jobsite.
Make sure all gates and areas of access are locked when not in use and follow up those whose job it is to lock gates to ensure they know what their responsibility is.
It is important to be aware of the potential for injuries at your jobsite. Not just your co-workers, but the curious people around you as they may create safety hazards to themselves or to you.
If you have any questions concerning work place safety and how you can improve your employees safety, please contact the LL Roberts Group PEO Risk Management department (toll free) at 877.878.6463. You can even talk to us on Facebook!