Monthly Archives: February 2021

Protect Your Hands From Work Injuries

See the best ways to protect your hands while on the job, as hand injuries are very prevalent in the construction industry.

Hand injuries are a common occurrence in the construction industry. According to data from the CDC, hand injuries are responsible for more than 1 million visits to an emergency room each year by workers in the United States. Hand injuries can be costly both in time lost from work and medical costs. Additionally, hand injuries can also be debilitating, leaving those injured with only limited use—or even zero use—of their injured hand. Protecting your hands from work injuries is of the utmost importance.

Tips on Protecting Your Hands from Work Injuries

There are a number of different ways to keep from injuring your hands on a construction worksite, depending upon what line of construction work you are in.

  1. Wear Proper Gloves. Machinists, mechanics, carpenters, iron workers, welders, electricians, and more can all benefit from wearing gloves. Gloves protect your hands from being pinched, from picking up splinters from wood, from being cut by sharp metal, from being burned or chemically damaged, and more. With the variety and sophistication of gloves made specifically as PPE, there’s no reason not to wear them.
  2. Respect Power Tool and Machine Guards. Guards on power tools and machines are there for a reason, and removing or dismantling them can result in serious injury. Protect your hands and the rest of you by respecting the guards on power tools and machines. Don’t try to remove them or bypass them in any way, and always make sure the guards are present and functional before using a tool or machine.
  3. Pay Attention. While you may have performed a certain job or used a certain tool a hundred times without incident, that doesn’t mean you are safe from danger. Becoming complacent and not paying attention when running a saw, using a torch, or performing any number of jobs on a construction site is how you miss details that lead to injury.
  4. Pay Attention to Training and Seasoned Workers. Training is meant to protect you from injury, just like the advice of those workers with more job experience! Listen and follow the advice.

At Tucker Paving, safety is always our leading priority! We offer over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We utilize our expertise for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us today by calling 863-299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let us know about your next concrete or asphalt paving project! 

Construction Trends to Expect in 2021

The construction industry is one that changes with the times, and this year is no exception. The COVID pandemic has had a great effect on the construction industry, just as with most industries. Forecasters believe that once things get back to, more or less, business as usual, the construction industry will be on the upswing again. Explore the top trends the construction industry will see in 2021.

2021 Trends in the Construction Industry

  1. A Need for Skilled Laborers. The construction industry has had more open positions than boots to fill them in the past several years, and 2021 will continue that trend. However, the trend will focus on a need for skilled laborers more so than laborers in general. Industry experts believe that more women entering the construction workforce and a shift towards more favorable perceptions of trade schools will help to fill those skilled laborer positions.
  2. Rising Material Costs. Material costs have risen 5 percent over the past three years in the Producer Price Index for construction goods. Experts believe a focus on efficiency can relieve some of the increasing costs.
  3. A Focus on Efficiency Through Technology. Efficiency will be the name of the game, whether a builder is looking to focus on “green” eco-friendly construction or just trim costs from the bottom line. Technologies like drones for mapping and generating actionable data or keeping track of machinery, “smart contracts” that offer an all-in-one tracking system for all parties in a project to use to do business or robots that can move heavy materials or lay bricks will all start to ramp up the efficiency of construction job sites.
  4. Worker Safety. Robots that do the heavy lifting aren’t just about getting things done cheaper and faster. They’re also about keeping workers safe from injury. Similarly, wearable safety technology will also make inroads in employee safety, such as a wearable device that lets a worker know when they are lifting a heavy load in a manner that could cause injury or boots that can detect if a worker has fallen and alert others.

Tucker Paving has more than 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving construction industry, and we’ve seen a lot of changes in the construction industry in that time, and we know we’ll see more in the 25 years ahead. Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete construction project! 

Practicing COVID Safety in Construction

The COVID pandemic has reached into all aspects of our lives, and the construction industry is no exception. Safety should be the first priority on any construction worksite, and that includes taking measures to protect workers from COVID. See guidelines from OSHA on practicing COVID safety in construction, below.

COVID Safety Measures for Construction
While the job description and hazards for those working in carpentry, ironworking, plumbing, electrical, heating/ ventilation/air conditioning/ventilation, masonry and concrete work, utility construction work, and earthmoving work are different than non-construction industries, many of the safety measures companies should take to protect employees from COVID are very similar.

  • Create a Job Hazard Analysis as it pertains to Covid. OSHA advises to “Assess the hazards to which your workers may be exposed; evaluate the risk of exposure; and select, implement, and ensure workers use controls to prevent exposure.” It is most important to identify times and locations where workers will be in close proximity or will be touching the same tools, machinery, or controls repeatedly.
  • Train employees on the symptoms of COVID, how it is spread, the importance of social distancing and hygiene practices, and any other policies and procedures on reducing transmission of the virus that are applicable to each employee’s duties.
  • Implement standard operating procedures and employee training pertaining to social distancing, use of face masks, and for when a worker has contracted COVID.
  • Maintain as much space between workers as possible, such as through utilizing staggered work schedules, identifying “choke points” where workers are required to be closer than 6 feet, and creating procedures for limiting the number of people in those areas at a time. 
  • Keep in-person meetings, like toolbox talks and safety meetings, as short as possible, limiting the number of workers in attendance, and use social distancing practices.
  • Keep toilet and handwashing facilities clean and disinfected, including portable job site toilets. Make sure hand sanitizer dispensers are always filled. 
  • Disinfect items regularly that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, light switches, tools, machinery and vehicle controls, and sink handles and toilet seats.
  • Have employees use higher-level PPE, like respiratory protection, if they are in settings where social distancing protocols cannot be followed. 

Safety is always our leading priority on any Tucker Paving job site. We have been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years! Contact us online, or call us at 863- 299-2262 for your next asphalt or concrete paving job! 

The Importance of Dust Control at the Construction Site

If you’ve ever been on a construction site, then you know how dusty things can get! All the digging, moving, and building can generate huge clouds that can be dangerous to breathe in. At Tucker Paving, we know how important it is to protect the health and safety of construction workers as well as anyone else who could come into contact with this potentially toxic dust. That’s why dust control on-site is such an essential task.

Controlling Construction Site Dust
First of all, there are three main types of dust being stirred up on a construction site. 

Silica dust is produced by cutting, grinding, drilling, or sandblasting many building materials, including granite and sandstone. Also called respirable crystalline silica (RCS), silica dust is very common in construction materials – and very toxic. 

Non-silica dust is produced mostly when bricks are cut, but it can also come from working with cement, limestone, dolomite, marble, or gypsum (plasterboard). While it’s not as bad as silica dust, it is still harmful to human health. 

Wood dust results from working with various types of wood and wood-based products, like plywood, chipboard, and MDF. 

The problem presented by all this dust is that when inhaled, it’s going to reduce your lung capacity, increase the strain on your heart, and potentially cause a variety of diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). It can cause irritation of the nose, throat, eyes, skin, and lungs, plus exacerbate asthma. 

There are limits established by OSHA as to how much silica a worker can be exposed to. Tucker Paving abides by the laws laid down to protect workers and the public from excessive exposure to construction dust. 

Keep it Clean with Tucker Paving
Tucker Paving works hard to ensure that our job sites comply with all state and federal safety guidelines. We value the health of our workers and clients, so we minimize the amount of dust produced from our projects by using the most appropriate methods for each job.