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Avoiding accidents by leaving the work place fully clean

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Whenever, some task/work is assigned to an individual or a company, meeting the quality, cost and time requirements are most important, but equally important are the safety considerations. But one seemingly innocuous thing, which is also essential from the safety point of view, is removal of all waste and left over materials from the site, after completion of the work and leaving the place clean. Even during pendency of the work, the storage of the required materials should be such that it not unsafe for anybody. While this type of work goes on, we are also engaged in our normal routine works, either fully or partly. This is more relevant for civil works, like construction and patch work repairs of roads, new building constructions, repairs to buildings on small or large scale, shops, bridges, culverts, fly overs etc. When Govt. contracts are concluded for this type of work, generally the work of leaving the place free of any debris and left over materials etc. is included in the contract. But in many cases the contractor does not bother and does not take it seriously. There have been many accidents on account of this type of negligence/carelessness. Recently in a colony, patch up repair of the roads was being done, on piecemeal basis. On one side of the repaired and opened road, substantial quantity of gravel (bajri) was left by the contractor. The children of one of the residents was going by cycle later in the evening, after it became dark, and his cycle skidded, he fell down, he was badly injured. His parents had to take him to the Hospital and he required six stitches for his injured leg. Fortunately he did not suffer head injury. In another incident, a family had a very bad case. A young person was planning to get married in next 4 months or so, and while going on one of his routine travels in the late hours his motor cycle hit against ballast (gitti) accumulated on one side of the main road, near one of the houses for repairs. He fell down very badly. But he suffered head injury in spite of helmet used by him. He was rushed to the Hospital, but after a few days he died. It was a very sad incident. In another case, in front of the entrance of one of the houses, where such repairs were carried out, the left over material, though in a small quantity, had accumulated into a solid heap and acted as a serious obstruction. It was not removed, in spite of numerous requests and had to be removed by the occupant of the house, under his own arrangements. There have been several accidents due to such carelessness, in workshops, boiler houses, electrical installations, storage godowns etc. Hence safety considerations must be uppermost in all endeavours and all preventive measures must be taken seriously. But this measure of insisting on storing required materials considering the safety parameters, and leaving the work place clean after the work completion, must be followed very rigorously, under all circumstances and for everybody.

———–vijaiksharma