While just about any work spaces can come with risks, the work spaces that involve manual labor – such as the construction industry – tend to be the most risky of all. After all, construction workers face far more dangers on a regular basis, from physical injury to chemical exposure that can occur in the process of putting together any given structure. On top of this, construction workers must also be aware of how to protect the structures they are working on from sustaining damages as well.
This is particularly prevalent when renovations or remodeling projects are being conducted on an already existing home, as avoiding damage to the parts of the home that are not being worked on is absolutely critical. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that this can be done. Window shields, for instance, are quite effective. Window shields can help to prevent any windows in the area from getting scratches on them and these same window shields can prevent breakage of the windows in question as well. Window shields can also minimize the cleaning of the windows after the renovations project has been completed, as these window shields will prevent various debris from winding up on them. In such cases, the use of various window shields can even be ideal for the most basic of painting projects.
Aside from window shields, implementing some type of floor protection (perhaps floor protection paper or even a floor protection board) is often quite necessary for construction dust control and protecting the flooring found underneath. For carpeting, this will be particularly essential, due to the fact that even just one single square yard of carpeting is actually capable of holding as much as a full pound of dirt, even if this dirt is not necessarily visible to the naked eye. Of course, floor protection methods can also help to protect hardwood floors and other such flooring types from any scratches, stains, or damages that are more likely to occur when a construction project is in progress and construction workers are in motion and working.
But protecting the health of construction workers is just as important at any given construction site. Providing them with proper face masks when involved in the cutting of stone is particularly important, as respirable crystalline silica is likely to enter the air when various types of stone and concrete products are ground, cut, crushed, or sawed. These particles are so minute as to be one hundred times smaller than even a grain of sand, but can be hugely damaging when inhaled, as is seen in more than two million people throughout the country.
In fact, the consistent respiration of crystalline silica can even lead to death in some cases, as crystalline silica can all too easily lead to lung cancer. The respiration of this chemical can also lead to conditions like other lung diseases like COPD, which can cause a huge reduction in anyone’s overall quality of life, to say the least. Fortunately, wearing the right protective gear can have a huge impact on preventing this from coming into fruition.
But lung conditions are not even one of the biggest concerns for construction workers currently working all throughout the United States. In addition to these lung conditions, falls often pose a huge risk as well, though this will most definitely vary from construction site to construction site. After all, falls are noted as being the number one cause of death for all construction sites and in all construction related deaths here in the United States alone – and likely in other places throughout the world as well. Fortunately, again, protective measures can be taken and implemented, from the protective clothing that construction workers wear to the railings that can be temporarily put into place while a construction site is being worked at. Some construction workers will even be able to wear harnesses when they are working particularly high up off of the ground.
From window shields to fall prevention methods, there are many things that must be considered when it comes to protecting both construction sites as well as the construction workers themselves.