a carpenter, was doing framing for a custom-sized space on the second story of
a house. Throughout the day, a number of wood pieces, scraps, and saw dust accumulated
around the saw horses, power tools, cords, and materials piles. Because Sharon
could not see the hazards lying just beneath the saw dust, she tripped and fell
down the stairwell, injuring her neck.
could Sharon’s injury have been avoided? Simply put, the injury could have been
avoided through proper housekeeping practices.
is a key responsibility of every worker on the job site as the orderly arrangement
of work areas is vital to the safety of all workers, regardless of whether they
are involved with machines and tools or with appliances and furniture.
IS HOUSEKEEPING and WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
refers to maintaining materials, work areas, and walking areas in a clean,
orderly, sanitary, and dry condition. Based on this definition, it’s easy to
see the connection between a clean job site and a reduction in hazards, production
delays, property damage, and even costs.
TIPS TO SAFETY
in Its Place. It
is a lot easier to do your job when your work area is kept neat so take the
extra time to keep your tools and equipment off the floor and stored in the
proper places. Also, trash like scrap building materials, water bottles, and
other debris doesn’t belong on the floor when appropriate receptacles are only
a few steps away.
- Stacking Makes a Difference. Take
time to stack materials neatly and keep in mind that it’s unsafe to stack items
too high. Utilizing moveable pallets and carts to stack materials can limit injuries
during handling while increasing efficiency.
a Quarterback. Keep
your eyes open for changes in the defense or certain other telltale moves of
opposing players. Translation: keep a lookout for danger signals such as loose
flooring, articles out of place, or other unsafe conditions.
are all dependent on each other for safety, so let’s all keep our work areas
tidy; ultimately, this makes the whole job site a safer place to work.