Most construction projects require that all employees and personnel wear hard hats or helmets to protect them from overhead hazards. Jim discusses these hazards and describes the specific hazards presented by overhead power lines.
- I talked about the fact that we often work at heights…on construction projects.…So it stands to reason that if there's work going on…above the ground, there may be some hazards…related to things falling on us when we're working…on the ground.…Just like fall hazards, the hazards related…to something falling on us from above,…are constantly present on most construction sites.…The fact is, if there's work going on above us,…there's always going to be the possibility for something…to get dropped.…And when there's material constantly being transferred…from the ground, up to the upper levels of a project,…there's a risk of something falling, or of someone…getting struck by a load, as it makes its way…from the ground up to the work area.…
This simple fact, and this ever-present hazard,…is the reason that most construction sites these days…require everyone that sets foot on the site…to wear a hardhat or a helmet.…Even a small piece of material, something like a small bolt,…is going to cause an injury if it falls…from 20 feet above you, and hits you on the head.…
Throughout this course, Jim highlights some of the most notable safety and health hazards in the industry—including fall hazards, traffic accidents, and respiratory hazards—and shares strategies for integrating safety, quality, and productivity. He also explains how to leverage technological advancements such as digital drawings to help your team work safer and smarter.
- Recognizing health hazards in the industry
- Integrating safety, quality, and productivity
- Creating a culture of learning
- Recognizing leading indicators
- Using digital solutions to improve safety
- Using BIM to identify hazards early