Sign Installation Safety
Sign companies spend time working on selling, talking with manufacturers and then the actual installation process. You may be pressed for time and juggling many different projects and deadlines. But, don’t be so distracted or focused on the deadlines that you make simple, dangerous mistakes.
You and your team should discuss safety protocols regularly, to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the organization you’re installing signs for.
Here are some friendly reminders for your next sign installation, though you should regularly go through your own safety manual. Revisit it often to update it to match the current equipment you are working with.
Evaluate Site Hazards
Before you start working at a site, walk around and note any hazardous areas. What do you need to be aware of when you’re moving your equipment and installing the sign? Questions to ask yourself:
- Where will pedestrians be?
- Where will your equipment go? Is there enough space?
- If you’re using a ladder or bucket truck, is the ground stable? Will it be used in a highly trafficked area?
- Where are the electrical lines?
- Is there anything that could pose a threat to you, pedestrians, or drivers as you install the sign?
- How close is this to the road? How will that impact the way you install the sign? Do you need to use caution signs?
- Is there forecasted weather in the region that could affect your ability to do the job?
- Do you have the necessary insurance and coverage for general liability, etc?
You want to make sure you are prepared with the right equipment and plan for each individual site. Hazards at each site are different, so take the time to walk around the site before starting and periodically as you continue working the site.
Identify Electrical Lines/Dangers
Anytime you are constructing something you need to be aware of electrical lines both above and underground. Electricity can be very dangerous to work with.
If you’re constructing a new sign, talk with the owner of the business and utility office to identify the location of any wiring you could run into. Striking even one line could mean the difference between life and death.
If you will be using a crane, bucket lift or even a ladder, before you begin working, look up and all around to identify any electrical lines in your way. This should be a part of your evaluation of site hazards.
Again, don’t ignore the dangers of electrical lines. Hitting them could put you and others around you in extreme danger.
Crane Safety & Bucket Lift Safety
Signs of the Times says co-pilots are extremely important to help you navigate and help you spot any potential hazards as you are driving and working with a much larger rig. They advise you to always:
-check the tire tread and pressure before you drive
-always walk all the way around the truck before backing up, even if you have a spotter
-check your truck and equipment for safety concerns
Read more about the importance of crane and bucket lift safety from OSHA’s standards.
Keep you, your team and those nearby safe by adhering to proper safety procedures. As there are many more things to consider, remember to revisit your own safety procedures regularly, follow OSHA guidelines and update your procedures as equipment and team members change.