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workers have a safe place to eat lunch during this high-risk time of
the day.
Fatalities increase during the summer months, peaking in
August, and are more prevalent in the south than other regions of
the United States - statistics that are likely correlated to heat-related illness or issues. Hydration, regular breaks and shade,
training workers to monitor for signs of illness and planning
for heat-related emergencies are all preventative measures that
should be put in place.
3. Education - Safety is a culture, and education programs need to
be implemented to ensure this culture is instilled at all levels of the
organization. OSHA's 30-hour Construction Training Course is a great
choice for comprehensive safety education. While specifically designed
for safety directors, foremen, superintendents, project managers and
field supervisors, it is beneficial for anyone working in the construction

Bill Wilhelm
is president
of R.D.
Olson Construction, an Irvine,
Calif.-based general
contracting firm founded
in 1979. Wilhelm can be
reached at bwilhelm@
rdolson.com or 949474-2001. Learn more at
rdolson.com.

'One of the
most pressing
issues continues to be fall
protection.'
2. Risk Management - As part of the
planning process, factors proven to correlate
with greater risk should be considered.
According to a study commission by AGC
of America, most fatalities occur between
10 a.m. and 3 p.m., with a peak at noon, and
safety issues are more common on Monday
through Thursday than on Friday or the
weekend. Consider scheduling safety or
other meetings around noon, especially
during the first part of the week, and ensure

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to 2009 were attributed to fall injuries, with
2,163 resulting from roof falls. Safe scaffolding needs to be installed, holes in the floor
need to be carefully managed and any other
potential fall hazards should be identified
ahead of time. Ear and eye protection is
also critical to preventing injury. Eyes are
the most vulnerable because they are so
exposed, and sparks from welding jobs, saws
and a variety of tools are prevalent on many
construction sites.
Zoning is also an important part of the
planning phase. This involves cordoning
off sections of a construction site where
certain tasks are taking place to minimize
the chance of those nearby being injured.
Only those who are actively working on the
specific task being zoned for are allowed
within the barrier, and those within the
barrier will have the proper tools and
protective equipment for the job at hand.
Zoning not only protects other workers on
the construction site, it also puts in place
barriers, catch platforms, nets and other
safety measures that prevents tools or
debris from injuring passersby.


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