Construction Today - November 2017 - 124

Industrial

By Al Feaster

Follow the

Signs
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nfrastructure repair, demolition projects, bridge and roadway restorations,
residential renovations - the construction industry varies in jobs but the need
for productivity and safety is consistent.
With more than six million employees and
$1 trillion worth of projects, according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction site
managers and employers should prioritize
both productivity and safety, and proper
labeling can get the job done.
With workers subject to the dangers of
falling objects, slips and falls, electrocutions
and power tool accidents, site managers
should always encourage safe practices to
prevent against these potential hazards. A
construction site where efficient, protective
measures such as proper signs and labeling
are utilized is one way to ensure a safe and
productive job site.
Where unsafe practices, danger or potential hazards exist, construction labels and
signs which conform to OSHA's ANSI Z535
standards should communicate the nature,

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consequences and avoidance of the hazard to minimize the chance
of risks. These standards outline the required design, colors, symbols,
placement, and word and text formatting to be used in conjunction
with danger, warning and caution signs and labels in the industry.
Between scaffoldings, heavy machinery and holes in the ground,
construction sites are of course demanding environments that are
constantly changing. Visual labeling and communications on a job
site can warn workers when to wear hard hats and safety vests, how
to operate power tools and restricted areas to avoid if not properly
equipped or trained. Many times safety is far from top of mind when
laborers are focused on completing a job on time.
Site managers and employers are challenged not only with
keeping employees safe, but also keeping workflow interruptions
to a minimum. It's necessary to ensure your employees are aware of
their surroundings and alert them of any obstacles they should pay
attention to. As visual reminders and a way to provide streamlined
messaging, labels can help ensure safety does not come at the cost
of productivity.
While labels can be used to identify hazards such as exposure to
chemicals, raw materials and electrical wiring, they are just as important in providing general safety messages, procedures, instructions and maintenance information. Digital technology has made
developing these custom communications easier to maintain a safe
work environment.


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