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The new normal: 8 ways the coronavirus crisis is changing construction

 

Contractors face an industry that has been drastically changed by the both public health and economic effects of the pandemic.
 

From a renewed emphasis on jobsite safety to longer project delivery times and the increased influence of organized labor, the virus has upended many facets of the industry. Companies that try to return to a business-as-usual mentality will face a harsh new reality.

Here are eight ways that COVID-19 has altered the construction industry for the near future and beyond.

February = American Heart Month

Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Chest Discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, pain squeezing, or fullness.

Be Alert for Moving Equipment!

When construction equipment is rumbling around a project, watch your step! To minimize accidents, both construction workers AND equipment operators should keep their eyes open and be aware of their surroundings at all times. The following are ways to help you maintain a healthy respect for cranes, dozers, excavators, lifts and trucks:
 
  1. Equipment operators may not see you. Don't take for granted that they do.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Around the World, a Death Occurs Every 20 Seconds Due to Poor Indoor Air Quality!

Chemicals and related odors can be sources of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) problems in buildings. Odors are organic or inorganic compounds and can be both pleasant and unpleasant. Some odors can be health hazards and some are not. While chemical contaminants can originate from within the building, chemicals can also be drawn into a building from the outdoors as well.

Electrical Safety & Power Tools

There is no such thing as being too safe!

Electricity can be dangerous whenever you work with power tools or on electrical circuits, there is a risk of electrical hazards, especially electrical shock. Anyone can be exposed to these hazards at home or at work. Workers are exposed to more hazards because job sites can be cluttered with tools and materials, fast-paced, and possibly open to the weather. Because electricity is a familiar part of our lives, it often is not treated with enough caution.

Hazard Recognition

 Don't wait for accidents to occur!
Think and plan ahead! 
Anticipate, evaluate and control hazards. 

Falls Through Holes and Openings

Occupational fatalities caused by falls remain a serious public health problem throughout the United States.

Holes and openings are made in roofs and floors of buildings, both when they are built and when they are torn down. Workers can be injured or killed if they fall through the holes.

FAQ's for Hearing Protection

How do I insert a foam earplug?

  1. Roll the earplug
  2. Pull up and away on the top of your ear with your opposite hand
  3. Hold the earplug after inserting it

 

How long can someone be in a loud noise before it's hazardous?

The degree of hearing hazard is related to both the level of the noise as well as to the duration of the exposure. But this question is like asking how long can people look at the sun without damaging their eyes.

Occupational Noise Exposure

Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common
work-related illnesses in the United States.

Each year, about 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work. Over 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to chemicals, some of which are harmful to the ear (ototoxic) and hazardous to hearing. In addition to damaging workers’ quality of life, occupational hearing loss carries a high economic price to society.

March is Ladder Safety Month

The American Ladder Institute (ALI) sponsors its third annual National Ladder Safety Month.