Many industries can hold risks, this is true, but it is arguably the construction industry that holds more than any other. From breathing risks to fall risks to other types of injuries or damages that can occur, there are a number of steps that will need to be taken at any construction site in order to prevent them from coming to fruition. Some of these risks involve damages to the properties that are being worked on, but some can even lead to the severe injury or even the death of the construction workers who are on site.
For instance, falling is a huge risk at just about any construction site, so much so that it has even become the number one cause of injury as well as death at construction sites all around the world. Thanks to the prevalence of falls in the construction industry, there are more ways to prevent against them than ever before. Having highly skilled construction workers is one key way in which to do this, and it is something that will be instrumental for the protection of all construction workers on the site.
In addition to falls, breathing in dangerous materials is also common, particularly among construction workers who are manipulating stone products, such as cutting them and sawing them in addition to crushing them. For when such a process is done to rock, brick, or concrete, tiny particles of crystalline silica are released. These crystalline silica particles, which are so small as to be up to one hundred times smaller than sand, can all too easily be breathed in. For the nearly two and a half million people working in fields in which they are exposed to this crystalline silica, there is no doubt about it that it can be hugely detrimental to their health.
Actually, it has been found that the occupational hazards of construction sites lead construction workers to develop occupational long diseases at a far higher frequency than the general population of the United States. In fact, lung diseases rank as one of the top occupational hazards all throughout the United States, even in a number of industries outside that of the field of construction. Unfortunately, these illnesses can all too often have long lasting and even lifelong consequences and in some cases can even prove to be life threatening, though it is important to note that this is something that will vary from case to case.
But while the cost of human health is certainly the most important thing that construction sites can risk – and the most important thing to be prevented against – we must also consider how to mitigate damages to the property that is being worked on, especially if it is an already existing home that is simply undergoing renovations or repairs. Preserving the parts of the home that the owners of the home are looking to keep the same is critical. Fortunately, there are many ways that this can be done, through the use of everything from window shields to temporary floor protection to plastic sheets draped over furniture and wall decor.
Temporary floor protection is particularly important as not only will temporary floor protection protect the floors from getting damaged but temporary floor protection can also help to keep the floors in question from getting dirty as well. And while it might seem like a relatively simple thing to just be able to clean your flooring, this is not always the case, especially when it comes to carpet floors. In fact, even if a carpet doesn’t look dirty at all, it can still hold as much as a full pound of dirt for every square yard of carpet that there is. This dirt can only be exacerbated by construction going on in the area, thus making temporary floor protection nothing less than an absolute necessity.
From the use of a temporary floor protection covering to protection paper for walls, there are many ways to preserve the integrity of the home that is being worked on, whether it is a renovation or a repair that is being undergone. This, plus a focus on safety, makes the ideal construction site.