Accidents happen all the time. However, a lot of them can be avoided, or their frequency and intensity reduced or eradicated altogether. Many construction management companies have established safety regulations and guidelines, which are meant to protect the construction workers as they go about their work.
Basic construction site safety tips are designed to guarantee the safety of everyone at a construction site. Although most of the above safety tips could easily be termed as common-sense, there are a lot of items that get overlooked daily. Every construction worker should understand that they work in potentially hazardous environments. They should always take precaution and be constantly alert to avoid getting in harm’s way.
Remember, what could be at one time a peaceful afternoon or morning might suddenly turn chaotic should a site accident occur. With that in mind, below are nine useful construction site safety tips:
Tip #1: Keep off Running Machinery
It is common for workers waiting for the next task to simply laze around as they patiently watch someone else do their job. Since accidents do not announce themselves, it is prudent not to stand too close to a piece of running machinery.
Tip #2: Use Caution When Mounting or Dismounting Equipment
Injuries resulting from falls as workers climb on and off equipment are common, especially if they get stuck in the process. A construction worker should, therefore, wear gloves to enhance their grip. They should also ensure they have clean boots that are free of mud.
A three-point stance is recommended since it prevents one from losing their footing at any given time. It is crucial that no one carries anything when mounting or dismounting. Everyone should grab handles and not stretch more than they should. To prevent avoidable accidents, desist from jumping off machines.
Tip #3: Be Cautious Around Fall Hazards
Fall hazards are common in construction sites. Workers ought to practice construction site safety tips at all times. Safety measures should be implemented to minimize the chances of falls, some of which could be fatal. Such safety measures include having safety nets, safety cords, guardrails and personal fall arrest systems.
Tip #4: Using the Recommended Ladder Height
Sometimes, construction workers try getting away with using shorter ladders than they ought to, perhaps because they do not have taller ones, or simply because they are unwilling to get different ones.
Inappropriate ladder heights can easily lead to accidents; hence, they should be shunned at all times. Stretching beyond the ladder you are using could easily cause it to tip over or threaten to take the worker down with it, or cause them to fall off of it.
Tip #5: Do not use Damaged Equipment
Sometimes construction workers easily use available equipment despite them being damaged. This should never be the case. Construction workers have the tendency to use whatever piece of equipment they can find, regardless of its status. Avoid using damaged equipment such as worn-out harnesses, worn-out cords and worn-out cables since they can lead to injuries.
Tip #6: Keep a Valid First-aid Kit
An updated first-aid kit helps you avoid expired medication and outdated components such as Band-Aids that have lost their stickiness and therefore cannot be of much assistance in case of an emergency. The various accidents that could occur at a construction site require one to keep an updated first-aid kit that is well-stocked with painkillers, ointments, disinfectants, gauze and bandages of all sizes.
Tip #7: Proper Tool Unplugging
Tools should be unplugged appropriately at all times. Never yank a device by its cord as this could lead to injuries such as electrocution while at the same time shortening its lifespan. Tired construction workers have a tendency to unplug tools by yanking them out, especially after a long, tedious project, or after a long day’s work. The few extra seconds you take to unplug a tool from an outlet could save a life.
Tip #8: Always Be Aware of your Environment
Construction sites are busy places; hence, workers should always be alert while on site. Nobody anticipates bad things to happen to them while taking a well-deserved break after a rigorous task.
However, just because you are not operating equipment at the time does not mean you are safe from danger. A moment of unawareness could subject you to serious injuries at a construction site. For instance, a blow to the head caused by a falling object; or being crushed by a piece of moving machinery are some of the likely accidents.
Tip #9: Buried /Overhead or Obstructions
Some of the buried /overhead or obstructions you should be aware of include water, Telecom, electrical lines, sewer, gas, among others. Always make sure that you mark the low clearances and overhead lines.
Before digging, or taking down overhead obstructions, get in touch with the relevant agency and then proceed with caution, even where underground lines have been marked. Since mistakes are common, do not take any chances. Instead, use signs, barriers, tapes and sawhorses to warn others of the obstructions.