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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.