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There is an abundance of people who work in the construction sector. It is one of the riskiest career paths due to the nature of the tasks. Unfortunately, construction worker fatalities are not uncommon, with many workers suffering from work-related injuries that could have been prevented. Construction workers are subjected to a variety of dangers that increase their chance of death or injury.
Falling from great heights, equipment malfunctions, electrocution, falling pieces, and building collapses are just a couple of the hazards that construction workers face. Here are safety tips for construction workers.
Wear Personal Protective Equipment at All Times
When you reach a construction site, make sure you have all of the required PPE. PPE is essential because it is the last line of defense if you come into contact with a threat on the job site. High-visibility clothing aims to ensure that you are recognized. Safety boots have traction to protect the feet. Hard helmets can be easily replaced, but your skull cannot be. Wear safety boots, a safety helmet, and high-visibility clothing, as well as any other PPE appropriate for the job at hand.
Maintain a Clean Site
Construction is a messy business. Trips and slips do not seem to be a big issue than other high-risk work being done on a construction site but don’t be misled. Slips and trips are responsible for almost 30% of specified serious accidents on building sites. To minimize the number of fall and fall risks, keep your work environment clean during your shift. Pay special attention to places like entry and exit routes.
Never work in hazardous environments.
Ensure that your working environment is safe. Be aware of what is going on around you. Be cautious. Do not operate at a height without appropriate guard bars or other fall protection measures. Never enter unsupported trenches. Ascertain that you have secure access.
Don’t operate below crane loads or engage in other risky activities. Traffic control is a vital concern when it comes to preventing deadly and severe injuries in the workplace. It may be difficult for drivers to see construction workers who handle projects at night, make sure that you are visible to drivers in order to avoid getting hurt. You may also become difficult to see during harsh weather conditions, so make sure to find a service that can keep you safe while you are working near a road.
Do Not Begin Work Without Receiving an Induction
Every construction site has its own set of hazards and work procedures. There are no two construction sites that are exactly alike. Be sure you understand what is going on so that you will work safely. Inductions are required by law on the construction site where you work. Induction is essential. It instructs you on how to sign in, what to do, what’s what, and what to prevent.
Building sites are hazardous workplaces. To keep you and others safe, follow the above construction site safety laws.