Agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics rank asphalt paving as one of the most hazardous occupations in the construction industry. The material itself poses the risk of serious burns, and workers must also be in close proximity to heavy equipment and powerful machinery. Add in nearby traffic and the possibility of drivers who are impaired, distracted or unskilled and it is easy to see why safety concerns are foremost on the minds of all asphalt contractors. LDC Paving makes asphalt paving safe.
LDC Paving Makes Asphalt Paving Safe
At LDC Paving, we are committed to the safety of our crews as well as the safety of our customers, their visitors and their property. We know that when workers feel that they are working safely, they tend to be more thorough, happier and more productive. They also have a tendency to extend their safety awareness to everyone in the vicinity of the work area whether they are co-workers or strangers. We have an aggressive safety program in place that includes regular meetings and an extensive training program. Here are some of the topics we cover in our training, meetings and policies.
Treat Asphalt with Respect
1. Wear approved personal protective equipment at all times.
2. Wear high-visibility vests or other approved garments.
3. Never walk, stand or work near the paving machine’s hopper during an asphalt delivery.
1. If possible, schedule work when traffic is at its lightest.
2. Place warning signs, cones, barrels, barricades or similar items appropriately, light them at night and inspect them several times during each shift.
3. If barricades and other measures are not enough to control traffic, position flaggers.
4. Use spotters or lookouts to warn the work crew of approaching hazards if the situation warrants.
Operate Machinery Safely
1. Each shift should begin with an inspection of the equipment, and equipment should not be placed in use until the inspection is complete.
2. Operators must never leave their stations without first idling down the machine and engaging the parking brake.
3. Signal before moving a piece of equipment that has been stationary.
4. Paving machine operators must not go faster than the ground crew can work safely and effectively.
5. Follow lockout procedures if equipment requires on-site repairs.
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LDC Paving is a full-service asphalt contractor serving the greater Houston area and adjacent counties. We are committed to safety, customer service, quality work and affordable prices. Whether you need pavement markings, asphalt paving, crack repairs, sealcoating or another type of asphalt service, we have the expertise to deliver outstanding results. Use our online form to request a free quote, or give us a call at 832-640-7296.