Basic Construction Safety and Health

Basic Construction Safety and Health


Non-Fiction - Occupational
116 Pages
Reviewed on 10/14/2017
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Author Biography

Fred Fanning worked for over 20 years as a Safety Professional. He has a peer reviewed book and two chapters published by the American Society of Safety Engineers. Fred has also written several other paperbacks and electronic books on occupational safety and health management. He wrote nearly fifty articles published in various journals and periodicals. Fred is an Emeritus Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a member of the Veterans of Safety. He held the Certified Safety Professional certification from 1995 through 2010. Fred earned master’s degrees from National-Louis University and Webster University.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

In a world where technology is advancing, awareness of risks is increasing, and liability is climbing. It is more important now to be fully aware of health and safety. From having the right ladder for the right job to the right protection not only prevents harm, it can save lives. Construction is by far one of the higher risk jobs; there's powerful machinery, the need to work at heights, hazardous materials, and sharp tools which cannot be guarded in order to perform their tasks. There are four main areas of danger which Basic Construction Safety and Health by Fred Fanning focuses on, and they are falls, 'struck-by' incidents, 'caught in' incidents, and electrocutions, some of the most frequently reported accidents and injuries in the field.

It has been some years now since I became a qualified project manager, and longer since I worked in Risk Management. I have never worked in the construction industry, but I have family and colleagues who do so a lot of the things covered in Basic Construction Safety and Health are familiar to me. The author, Fred Fanning, expertly and meticulously discusses many aspects of keeping safe in the work place, as well as supplying information on things which should be readily available to employees to further secure their safety. These range from the responsibilities of the employee and employer, to codes and standards which should be enforced, from common sense to often forgotten gems. This has clearly been written by a person who knows their stuff, and while it does focus on US guidelines and standards, the only things that seem not to be transferable are the names of the regulations themselves. This book is short, to the point, informative, and a treasure trove to both novice and expert alike.

Mamta Madhavan

Basic Construction Safety and Health by Fred Fanning speaks about an area that needs improvement; the construction industry. Construction is considered to be a high-hazard occupation because of the risks and safety hazards it exposes workers to, such as trenches, heights, heavy equipment, unguarded machinery, etc. Through this book, the author throws light on the four top risks associated with construction - including falls, struck by incidents, caught in or between incidents, and electrocutions. The book also covers safety topics for stairways and ladders, electricity, fall protection, tools, welding and cutting, personal protective equipment (PPE), motor vehicles, and excavations. The author’s years of experience in the safety profession have been put to good use to benefit everyone who is in the construction industry.

I like the way in which the author handles a relevant yet not-so-often discussed topic with expertise, and looks at it from every angle which will help to protect workers from the common hazards associated with that profession. There is a lot of detailed information which makes this book a must-have and a must-read to all those working in this profession. There are a lot of useful tips on how to prevent injuries while at work and using tools, and the safety measures that need to be undertaken so that workers are given a safe environment while at work. This book is a useful guide for an industry which still sees thousands of workers being ill or injured by their work.

Romuald Dzemo

Short, concise, and to the point, Basic Construction Safety and Health by Fred Fanning is a well-articulated, information-packed tool that every career professional in the construction industry should have. And it isn’t just a book for construction contractors, but a reference tool that customers can use so that the best practices are implemented to ensure safety on their projects. In this book, the author highlights the areas of danger in the construction industry and offers pertinent safety measures that should or must be taken to ensure no one comes to harm. Amongst other things, the book looks at ladders, fall protection, electricity, welding and cutting, hand and power tools, motor vehicles, personal protection equipment, environmental controls and a lot more.

This book is useful for readers who are keen on implementing the best safety measures on construction sites. A lot of accidents happen and many people lose their lives while working on construction projects, and some of the deaths that have been recorded in this area are due to negligence. This book offers what readers need to know and do to avoid unnecessary work-related accidents and save lives. The writing is fluid and pithy and the author brings into the work a wealth of experience, which injects a lot of life into the writing. Fred Fanning writes with the confidence of a master whose work is an extension of his personality. Basic Construction Safety and Health is written in a conversational and accessible style, a gem for construction workers, managers, and clients.