Falls are one of the top causes of critical injuries and deaths in construction workers. When working on any construction project, it is important to take precautions to ensure the welfare and safety of workers.
When working on bridges, workers can be at an increased risk of falling due to:
- Misused/defective equipment
- Inadequate housekeeping
- Poor work practices
Reduce the risk of falls on site, by controlling hazards.
Fall Protection Systems
Where applicable, ensure that workers are equipped with proper fall protection systems that are properly anchored. If required, install temporary/permanent anchorage points.
Always ensure that workers are properly trained in fall protection system use, and working at heights prior to commencing work.
Prior to use, inspect equipment for damage, wear and tear. Never used damaged/defective fall arrest system equipment.
Emergency Response Plan
Having an emergency response plan is vital when working on bridges. Ensure that the plan is clear and effectively communicated to all workers.
Practice Good Housekeeping
Reduce tripping hazards by practicing good housekeeping. Ensure clutter and debris are cleaned effectively, pathways are clear and easily navigable, and that work areas are free from tripping hazards (i.e. hoses, cables, cords, etc.)
If an unsafe condition is identified on site, workers should (if able) rectify it as soon as possible. If the hazard cannot be controlled/minimized, then report it immediately.
Take the time to ensure that tailgate talks (on subjects such as preventing fall hazards) occur daily on site.
In the event that an incident has occurred, be sure to discuss it with crews. Identify hazards, proper procedures, and learn from mistakes.