June is National Safety Month, developed by the National Safety Council to help reduce common causes of work site injury. It’s also the perfect time to revisit what you can do to keep yourself and those around you safe on the job.
Seven ways to stay safe at work
Your work site has safety procedures you’re expected to follow. They’re part of your training and how you conduct your daily work. These are in place for you and those around you—so you can rest easy knowing you’re protected as you work with equipment that could be dangerous if handled improperly. Following are seven general safety rules you should practice during every shift:
Make sure you’re properly trained.
Never attempt to perform a task for which you haven’t been trained. You can damage equipment—or worse—inflict injury on yourself and others. Be sure you fully understand your role, and if you have questions, always ask your supervisor.
One major source of accidents is loss of focus on the task at hand. Take care of yourself and be sure to get enough rest prior to your shift. Pay attention and be aware of your surroundings while using tools and operating machinery, and while others are doing so.
Wear the right equipment.
Dress properly for the job and the weather. Wear the required attire, which can include coveralls; steel-toed, non-skid shoes or boots; head protection (e.g., a hard hat); hearing protection; gloves; vision protection; and a dust mask.
Don’t overexert yourself.
If you’re tired, pause. Don’t lift more than you can comfortably (and safely) carry. Take your breaks, and remember to hydrate and eat something.
Use proper lifting and carrying techniques.
Part of your training should include ergonomic ways to lift and carry objects to avoid injury. If you need more information about the right way to lift and carry, always ask.
Notify a supervisor when something isn’t right.
If you see a potential workplace hazard, or notice a tool or machine is damaged or not working right—notify your supervisor.
Know what to do in case of an emergency.
In case of fire, spills, medical situations or other emergencies, know your workplace policy on how to proceed. This includes numbers to call and steps to take.
Once you’re up to date on safety precautions, you’ll be more prepared for your next construction or light industrial job. And when you’re ready to start looking, LaborMax can help! To learn about our available positions, contact us today!