There are many risks that construction companies take when building anything, especially high rises. Tall buildings come with many challenges when companies are building them. The top priority of these companies is the safety of their workers, but also the safety of others around the construction zone. And they also need to think about how safe the building will be once all of the building has ended. One of the main risks is construction workers falling while constructing the structure. However, there are things that can be done in order to ensure the company is following their fall protection plan.
OSHA requires that fall protection be provided by construction companies when workers will be at an elevation of four feet in general workplaces. If they are in shipyards, five feet is the elevation, while six feet is what is required in the construction industry. All fall protection should be inspected daily prior to use. Employees should be trained to properly use any equipment used for protection of falls.
One thing that is often included for fall protection is learning techniques that will help all construction workers lessen their risks of falling. One said measure is to build a “cocoon” that wraps around the worker. The cocoon is self-jacking, which makes it possible for it to move as the construction worker moves. This will not only protect the employees but anyone that is below. Netting can also be used to protect everyone. It can help catch an employee if they slip, but it is also essential to catching anything that might fall from the work zone, such as a wrench or screwdriver. These tools could be deadly if they fell from many stories.
Another essential when it comes to construction fall protection is using 3-D visuals of the construction site. This form of advanced technology will show where there could be conflicts within the construction. Contractors, sub-contractors, and anyone with access to the data will be able to see issues that have popped up and let anyone that needs to know about an unsafe area be aware of the issue.
Tall buildings are popping up all over the place. Currently, the tallest one is 2,717 feet tall! But not for long. A building in Saudi Arabia, The Jeddah Tower, will be 3,280 feet tall. Within the next decade, it is expected that buildings could be built that will reach one mile tall!
If your company is interested in learning more about fall protection, consider contacting Beam Runner. They have finely crafted innovative fall protection gear for every construction site. It can be carried in one hand and was designed to be put on using only one hand. Beam Runner can easily be attached to almost any steel structure in a matter of seconds. The device comes in right or left-handed models. They meet OSHA’s tie-off requirement, as well as ANSI requirements and were designed with the safety of the construction worker in mind.
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