These days building with steel is very popular, as this material is very strong and perfect for supporting large structures. Metal workers who put together steel buildings will spend their time installing and placing steel and iron columns, as well as constructing girders and other supportive structures.
However, there are certain risks and health and safety dangers that are associated with working with this material. This is why it is so important to have the right health and safety training and certificate so that metal workers can be protected from suffering injuries.
Types of Injuries Common to Steel Construction Workers
Workers in the construction industry who are working on steel buildings are susceptible to specific types of injuries. Some of the common injuries include hand lacerations, hearing loss, eye wounds, fractures, injuries to soft tissue, dental injuries, concussions and respiratory disease.
How Can These Injuries Be Avoided?
It is crucial to avoid these injuries with the right health and safety procedures in the workplace as well as the appropriate personal protective equipment. This equipment is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and is designed to reduce exposure to hazards at manageable levels. Metal workers must wear protective gloves which fit properly and are made with good quality materials. It is also very important to wear protective eye wear, such as safety goggles and glasses. Workers should use a brush to remove metal shaving rather than brushing them away with their hands and should always wear gloves when moving metal.
When working at height, such as high on steel scaffolding, it is essential for workers to be wearing the appropriate harnesses and safety equipment. This is important, as a fall from steel scaffolding could result in serious injury or even death which is something that you want to avoid at all costs.
It is also important to make sure that all workers understand the appropriate working procedures when it comes to working with metal. This includes maintenance of materials, proper use of machinery, safety checks before beginning the job and mandatory breaks throughout the workday so that workers stay alert and fresh. These health and safety procedures should be clearly enforced and should be followed at all times.
Appropriate SMSTS Certification
In order to be aware of all health and safety risks involved with working on steel buildings, as well as all other regulations and best practices for the construction industry, it is important to obtain the appropriate certification.
The ‘SMSTS’ certificate stands for Site Manager Safety Training Scheme and it is a five day program that will teach you all that you need to know about health and safety in the workplace. It will cover your legal and moral responsibilities, as well as the recent regulations set out by the Health and Safety Executive. To find out more about the qualifications that we offer, feel free to contact us today.