On a construction site, the risks considered critical are the dangers that can cause serious permanent injuries or even the death of workers. Each type of site creates different critical risks. In order to reduce work accidents on construction sites, it is important not only to know the critical risks, but to target and prioritize each intervention. Our team can assist you in managing critical risks specific to your site.
Each year, several fatal accidents occur due to poor management of the risks associated with working in confined spaces. The main dangers present in confined spaces are linked to the ambient air, contaminants (chemical/biological), physical risks due to the setup, the presence of uncontrolled energy sources and sometimes even the risk of burial or drowning. Regulations require all employers and supervisors to plan the work in confined spaces to ensure worker and supervisor safety in confined spaces.
The risks associated with moving parts are high. In order to avoid serious accidents during construction, maintenance or repair work, the management of risks of entanglement or crushing must be addressed at all stages of the work. Control of dangerous energy sources and protection of moving parts is essential to ensure the safety of all workers in a workplace. The regulations require that all employers and project managers plan all work near or on equipment by applying different regulations controlling these risks.
Given the high potential for seriousness injuries in case of an incident, the management of the risks associated with the unexpected detonation of explosives during the handling and use of these on construction sites should not be overlooked in order to ensure worker safety. In recent years, the technology and the types of primers and explosives have greatly evolved, reducing the level of risk. Blasting operations are still a high-risk activity on construction sites. Improper storage or misuse of explosive devices can have very serious consequences for the safety of workers and the public.
Accidents related to working above ground are serious and numerous on construction sites. The critical risk of falling from a height must be managed as a priority in order to minimize the risk level. There are a multitude of fall protection equipment and several reduce the risk of injuries related to working above ground. Depending on the situation, exposure to this risk may be reduced considerably. Several serious accidents occur each week due to poor management of this risk and the consequences of a fall are too frequently fatal.
A collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian almost always results in a serious, if not fatal, injury. The critical risk management of vehicle and pedestrian collisions starts with the organization and planning of work on construction sites. Each year, several workers die or are seriously injured due to poor management of co-activity on construction sites.
Excavation work involves a high-risk level. The presence of workers in a non conforming rock excavation or in more malleable ground represents a critical risk. Embankment failure is often the cause of serious accidents. The control of excavation parameters and the application of certain good practices ensure the safety of workers during this type of work.
The use of vehicles and equipment on a construction site involves a high level of risk. The co-activity and use of equipment and vehicles on uneven terrain exposes workers to critical risks. The overturning of equipment or the collision of vehicles or equipment each year causes serious and often fatal injuries to several workers on construction sites.
Working in the presence of electrical energy involves a high level of risk. Work being performed near electricity-driven equipment without an energy control procedure may result in electric shock, electrocution or exposure to an electric arc. All incidents in these circumstances can result in serious injury or the death of workers.
Lifting operations on a site carries a high level of risk. Poor assessment of the loads to be lifted, poor delimitation of lifting zones, working near high-voltage lines, using a crane on unstable ground or lack of maintenance of the lifting equipment are common causes of serious accidents that can even result in death.
On construction sites, the presence of dangerous substances such as crystalline silica, asbestos, carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), paints and glues, is very common. The exposure of workers to these dangerous substances can cause occupational injuries which in the short, medium or long term can lead to disability or even the death of exposed workers.
Work performed near or on water is common and increases considerably the level of risk. When an incident occurs on a construction site on the water, the potential for seriousness is always high. Over the years, several workers have died due to poor risk management when they were working in a watery environment.
Co-activity on construction sites involves a high risk. Falling objects cause serious injuries to workers every year. A high velocity object hitting a worker, even when wearing a hard hat, can cause death.
On construction sites, several pieces of equipment can suddenly release their energy thereby injuring or killing workers. Every year there are serious accidents that could have been prevented by using good practices.
Underground construction work is undoubtedly one type of work with the highest level of risk in the construction industry. In the event of a fire or a problem related to the air control in a tunnel, the consequences would be catastrophic. Poor management of these risks could lead to the death of several workers