Fire can break out anytime, anywhere. It is especially a hazard on a construction site and can put the lives of the people on the site in danger. There must be proper means of escape for everyone on the worksite. In single storey buildings and in open sites, escape routes in case of a fire may be plenty. However, the problem arises in the case of multi-storeyed complexes, especially when work is going on below and above the ground. Here, greater care needs to be taken.
Identifying Escape Routes
The basic idea of escape routes is that in the case of a fire, any person can pass through it and reach a place of safety.
You need to make proper arrangements for all the visitors and workers on the construction site e.g., workers working in the basement or on the roof, etc. When the building is being constructed and as construction proceeds, there may be changes in the structure and escape routes identified earlier may no longer be available. In this case, you need to identify alternate routes.
Usually, building plans incorporate fire escape routes for the future occupants of the building. These routes must be incorporated as early as possible and should be made available for the workers on the construction site. If an existing structure is being refurbished, then you must ensure that the existing fire escape routes are still available for everyone on the site, and are not blocked off / restricted in any form.
In the case of a fire, escaping from a scaffold is very difficult and dangerous. Try and keep scaffold usage to a minimum and provide separate access from a scaffold to the escape routes.
There must be at least two routes available for escape in case of a fire outbreak. Crane operators and other workers in difficult areas should be considered and the required measures must be provided for them to escape if there is a fire.
Escape routes must be kept clear, properly maintained, free of any obstruction and have prominent signage. If this is not possible, then it is vital to ensure that the danger of being trapped in a fire without any means of escape is reduced. For example, in high fire risk operations, people should not have to pass through areas that have floor coverings or pipes that have transported flammable materials, etc. Flammable materials must not be allowed to accumulate or stored at exits such as along narrow escape routes or doorways from rooms that are connected from dead ends like corridors.
Fire outbreak can happen due to many reasons. You can take several precautions to avoid the breakout of fire, but in the instance that there is a fire, there must be adequate precautions to ensure that the workers and other people on the construction site can escape to safety. However, in the eventuality that people are trapped in a building on fire, you should have fire protection equipment that people can use to save themselves from immediate danger until help arrives.
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