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Construction: Jobsite Housekeeping

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Various activities occur during the process of construction causing an accumulation of debris and unsafe conditions. It is vital to dedicate attention to maintaining an organized and clean jobsite because clean jobsites have fewer injuries. 

Slips, Trips, and Falls
Check the jobsite floor and ground conditions daily. Remove any ice, snow, debris, etc. that may cause slippery conditions. Provide an alternate and designated walkway free from icy conditions. Slip-resistant footwear is recommended for trades working on concrete flooring. If water is used as part of process, create a drainage system and, each day, inspect it to see that it works properly. Remove any stops or plugs in the drainage system. Use squeegees to remove puddles on flooring due to weather conditions. If oil or gas spills on the floor, ensure it is properly cleaned up. Ensure areas for fireproofing application are properly blocked so other trades do not slip and fall while walking across flooring. 

Also, keep mud or other substances that may be picked up by workers' shoes off ramps, ladders, stairways, and scaffolds. When not in use, develop safe habits to keep tools off the floor and properly stored. Properly maintain hoses and cords as to not cause a trip hazard. Be sure to secure all loose or light materials. A strong gust of wind could cause these objects to fly across the jobsite. Schedule regular times for clean up on the site each day. Do not allow excess debris to accumulate on the jobsite. Dispose of trash immediately.  

Struck by Falling Objects
Stack materials securely to prevent sliding or falling. When working on a level above other employees, use toe boards, screens, or guardrails to prevent objects from falling. Also make others aware of overhead work by posting warning signs and barricading the area. Always wear hard hats when on the jobsite. 

Fires Due to Improper Disposal of Flammable/Combustible Materials (Rags, Paper, Cardboard)
Provide separate and designated containers for the collection of waste, trash, oily and used rags, and other refuse. Covers are to be used for containers storing oily and used rags, hazardous materials, and flammable materials. Dispose of waste on a frequent and regular schedule.

Blocked Access to Exit Routes and Firefighting Equipment 
In the event of an emergency or fire, have adequate routes to exits. Place firefighting equipment in locations that are easily accessible (travel distance should not exceed 100 feet).

Footwear 
Wear appropriate footwear to protect feet from injury. On the jobsite, there is usually an exposure to protruding materials on the ground, like nails, that can pose as a possible hazard to feet. Wear steel-toe boots when required and when there is a hazard of product and/or tools falling on feet. 

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Sources:
https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_id=10611&p_table=STANDARDS
http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/cklstcon.html

NOTICE: This guide may make reference to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations; however the guide is not legal advice as to compliance with OSHA or other safety laws, codes, or regulations. Compliance with OSHA and other safety laws codes or regulations, and maintaining a safe work environment for your employees remains your responsibility. WCF Insurance does not undertake to perform the duty of any person to provide for the health or safety of your employees. WCF Insurance does not warrant that your workplace is safe or healthful, or that it complies with any laws, regulations, codes, or standards.

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