Making sure that you protect yourself while on the job – from wearing disposable gloves when handling potentially hazardous substances to wearing durable shoes when standing for long periods of time – is of the utmost importance. One particular industry that requires careful attention when it comes to your safety is construction. Construction workers are constantly working with heavy and often dangerous materials throughout the day in spaces that contain many different hazards. The following are a few tips that construction workers should make sure to follow.
- Training – Like most jobs, working construction requires the proper training. However, unlike many other jobs, improper training can lead to on-site accidents or injuries, to either you or one of your coworkers. When using any type of equipment, whether it’s simple tools or complicated machines, you need to know how to use them and the proper safety procedures that accompany their use.
- Footwear – The type of boots you wear on a construction site depends on what kind of task you are doing. Your boots should be durable to protect your feet but also comfortable as well as lightweight. Wearing shoes or boots that don’t offer enough support can cause serious issues, not just to your feet but to your legs, knees, and even your back as well.
- Preventing Head Injuries – Construction sites are often prone to falling objects, whether it’s loose material or debris or misplaced tools. Although a well-run site will have as few of these situations as possible, they can happen. To prevent being injured by a falling object, construction workers must wear hard hats. You should also wear protective goggles to avoid getting debris in your eyes or any other type of eye injury.
- Lifting Heavy Objects – You can do some serious damage if you lift objects the wrong way; and if you are working construction, odds are you’ll be doing some heavy lifting. Your feet should be placed at least 8 inches apart while you bend your knees in order to grab a load. Always plan the route you are taking in advance to reduce the chance of an accident or injury.
- Using Ladders or Scaffolding – The greatest number of fatalities in construction result from falls. Make sure the scaffolds and ladders are inspected before you begin a shift. Look for broken rails, missing rungs and other defects before you use either.
- Be Aware – Always be aware of the environment around you. A construction site is a place where a lot is going on, which means sometimes someone may not be aware of your presence. Always pay attention to the construction going on around you.
- Preventing Shocks – Before you begin work on electrical equipment, make sure that the power is turned off in order to prevent being electrocuted. Make sure to wear gloves when using electrical tools as well.
- Handling Dangerous Toxins – When handling potentially dangerous material, you should wear some type of hand protection, like disposable gloves, to avoid coming into direct contact with the substances. If you think a material is exposed to a toxic substance, you should ask to have it sent to a lab for a further analysis.
These are some of the basic safety tips that you should follow when working on a construction site or industrial setting. Abiding by these things will help ensure success and safety.
Mike is a safety advisor who is always sharing his insights on how to better protect yourself while doing any type of work.