Providing adequate amounts of cool, potable water for employees and encouraging them to drink water frequently is another recommended practice—a recommendation so important that it is required by the California heat illness prevention regulation.
Another measure requires the Department of Buildings to list online the injuries and fatalities that have occurred on a construction site. "Every injury and every death on a construction site must be counted regardless of a violation -- whether a construction worker or member of the public, everyone must be counted. By counting every injury and death, we'll be able to see who is getting hurt, where, and why so that we as a city can make construction safer. We must count every life," said Council Member Ben Kallos.
A worker entered a drainage shaft last fall to clean out mud and debris. He stood inside a bucket attached to a mini crawler crane with no personal fall protection. After descending 10 feet into the shaft, the worker lost consciousness due to the oxygen-deficient atmosphere, fell approximately 40 feet, and drowned in a foot of water at the bottom.
The department's new report summarizes the inspection reports filed during the most recent five-year period by building owners. More than 7,700 buildings in the city have a sidewalk shed in front of them, DOB reported.
The promotion is happening during Safe and Sound Week.
The kickoff event will be held May 1 at The Wharf Project, a multi-use redevelopment project under construction on the District of Columbia waterfront. The project is moving toward an October 2017 grand opening.