Everyone wants to return home from a hard day’s work safe and sound. That’s why construction site safety is important for everyone involved on the job.
Seven construction safety steps to follow
By following a few key safety steps, you can help make your worksite hazard-free for yourself and your co- workers:
Understand your job.
The first rule of safety is being prepared. Before you begin your construction job, be sure you understand what you need to do and how to properly use all equipment. If you have questions—ask! Never attempt a job you haven’t been trained for.
Take your work seriously.
Breaks are the right time to relax. But when you’re working—keep your focus on the task at hand. Goofing around can lead to accidents and injuries, and you’ll keep yourself and your co-workers safe by maintaining full concentration.
Avoid trench collapses.
This is another common source of construction site injury. Trenches should be properly protected, with help from a professional engineer for those more than 20 feet deep. Always check with your site manager before you enter a trench.
Depending on your job and the weather, wear the proper attire. This includes a hard hat to protect you from falling objects. Steel-toed boots with no-skid soles will protect your toes and help you avoid slips.
Protect your vision and hearing.
Your senses are important, so take steps to protect them! Earplugs are vital to prevent hearing damage due to noise at your work site. Safety glasses keep your eyes safe and protected from airborne objects.
Don’t forget a dust mask.
Often construction results in dust and debris, and a dust mask is important to protect your airway. You can breathe easily when you remember to wear your dust mask.
If you see something, say something.
Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you notice an unsafe working condition, always report it to your on-site supervisor as soon as possible.
It’s never worth it to put yourself or others in danger. Never be afraid to ask questions or get more information when something doesn’t seem right.