When a worker walks into a construction site his intent is clear, to take back home a ‘living’ for his family. He works hard to earn the living all day for hours together during the sultry summers and the wintry winters to bring home a smile to his family. What about his ‘life’?? What about his safety while he works?
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Safety during Construction:
Safety of the Construction workers is a very crucial and critical concern. The Contract between the Client and Contractor determines the standards of safety implementation on a construction site. However, unfortunately life of people in our country is very cheap and the concept of safety is not given much heed to and more than often overlooked, by the stakeholders and the workers themselves leading to several accidents and sometimes even deaths on the construction site.
Some safety measures and provisions during construction that will ensure safety are – first and foremost selection and appointment of a competent contractor, having good and appropriate site and working conditions, proper monitoring, pre planning, followed by all of the following - use of prescribed safety gears, use of harnesses and safety nets while working on heights, provision of safety sign boards.
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Provision of hygienic sanitation and potable water, provision of proper rest areas, monitoring the size and weight of the components which have to be lifted in place and assembled, monitoring construction machinery and equipment’s used for demolition, installation, assembly, etc., proper electrical supply, fire provisions, efficient site planning, etc. will surely reduce the number of accidents on site and bring along well being of the construction workers.
Also, following the safety and health manual, doing job safety analysis, performing Job safety audits, conducting regular Training sessions (Toolbox Talk) , proper accident and failure investigations can further more control and mitigate accidents on a construction site. Construction safety should be inculcated as a habit and become a habit of all the workers on site and should not require enforcement from the employers.
Whether it is sewing or swimming or construction, safety should be first.
National Safety Day
To raise awareness among people about the safety measures including the various health and environmental concerns, to make the people aware of different ways of protection and to prevent mishaps and accidents due to lack of awareness, to promote workplace safety by reminding the employers and employees including other staff of their roles and responsibilities, including legal responsibilities pertaining to safety to commemorate to all those martyrs, who protected our country by giving their blood, etc. - the National Safety Council (NSC), an autonomous body for public service, established on 4th March, 1966 celebrates each year on 4th March as the National Safety Day, a national movement to celebrate ‘safety’. It is also known as National Security Day in a few places. Each year is celebrated with an interesting and engaging theme.
Campaign and Celebrations:
National Safety Day or National Security Campaign is a full week-long campaign or should one call it a ‘celebration’? This week is celebrated with immense enthusiasm and energy. Government and non-government organizations including the health organizations and industrial members tie hands during this campaign. The campaign is well planned and put across to people through efficient use of various social media platforms. During the campaign celebration, a variety of public functions including debates, seminars, essay competitions, posters of safety messages and slogans distribution amongst people, safety awards distribution, banner exhibitions, dramas and songs, training programs, workshops, display of films over safety and health issues are organised and held. A Safety Pledge event is also carried out and administered by the organizational employees.
Safety of the country and its’ citizens, not only means to keep the country safe from enemies but deals with various other parameters - to keep the people safe from the diseases due to hygiene conditions, adulterated food, etc., to bring sanitation related security in the country, to keep the country clean, to provide security to the poor related to food and livelihood, to ensure the safety of women, safety of factory/industry workers, safety of construction workers, etc.
Safety deals with life. Safety and security of life is very ‘dear’ to all of us, across all strata of the society. Thus, I would like to quote Ezra Taft Benson here, ‘It is better to prepare and prevent than it is to repair and repent.’
Lets’ celebrate life, lets’ celebrate safety
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