Construction necessitates awareness of many factors due to the possible dangers that workers may face on the job daily. Here are some construction site safety tips to know.
Use Caution Around Fall Hazards
Anytime you climb up to an elevated position, exercise caution in your movements. Whether you’re mounting or dismounting a vehicle, going up a ladder, or standing high up, the fall risk is ever-present. You should therefore minimize the chances of accidents by taking a moment to look at the ladder or stairs that you’re about use. Make sure no loose pieces are lying on them which you could slip on, or broken areas that aren’t stable enough to stand on. There should also be safety systems put in place for workers such as safety cords and guardrails to supplement individual caution.
Avoid Running Machinery
The machinery that you or your fellow workers use can cause serious injury if you aren’t careful around it. When any machine is in operation, you should therefore stay clear of its path or area of operation. Don’t stand too close even when you’re waiting on your procedure’s next step. This can prevent serious mishaps as machines will often not stop even if a worker is caught in them. Every worker who handles a machine should also have thorough training and stay attentive to its activity when it’s turned on.
Wear Personal Protective Equipment
As for proper attire on the job site, you should wear personal protective equipment that’s relevant to your tasks. For example, when working with cutting tools that could send small material pieces flying, put on gloves and goggles to guard your hands and eyes. You will also often need a helmet to keep your head safe from debris. Unlike some other equipment which not everyone may always need, waterproof work boots provide benefits to just about any worker; they maintain your comfort and protect you from slipping. By blocking out water, they also defend your feet against inclement weather.