Safety Tips to Follow in Construction Sites

November 24, 2017
Safety Tips to Follow in Construction Sites

Working on a construction site is considered to be one of the most hazardous jobs in the world. Construction workers are exposed to various hazards that can lead to potentially serious injuries or death. Among the most common construction accidents are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety Tips to Follow in Construction Sites

 

  • Falls
  • Electrocutions
  • Getting struck by falling objects
  • Getting caught in/between machines

In order to preserve the health of construction workers and to protect them from harm, safety awareness and the exercise of caution are important. Although proper on-site training and handling of machinery and equipment are considered effective preventive measures, the fatalities in construction sites have continued to increase over the years.

When it comes to job site safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance should be the basis and foundation of each company’s project safety planning. However, strict observation of OSHA compliance may not be enough to keep construction workers safe at all times. Employers and workers alike need to be vigilant and take extra caution in order to keep themselves and their fellow workers away from harm. The following must be observed in order to do so.

Proper Dress Code

Protecting yourself from potential injuries starts with wearing the right dress code:

Safety Tips to Follow in Construction Sites

  • Apparel – Wear comfortable and highly visible or bright-coloured clothing, especially in areas where operations require the use of large and heavy machinery and equipment. Additionally, make sure to dress according to the weather to avoid the adverse effects of extreme temperatures.
  • Footwear – Wear durable work boots to protect your feet from sharp or fallen objects. The use of non-slip shoes can also prevent you from slipping on a dusty or slippery working environment. If you are working with toxic substances, make sure you have protective footwear on to protect your feet from accidental spillage.
  • Safety Protective Gears – Put on proper protective gear (hard hats, masks, safety glasses, gloves, earplugs, and harnesses). Inspect the gears for any holes, cracks, and other defects.

Vehicles

Most work-related accidents are caused by the reckless use of machineries or lack of training in operating equipment. To avoid these mishaps:

Safety Tips to Follow in Construction Sites

  • Check your boots and gloves for mud and dirt before climbing on and off of the vehicle and clean your gloves or the soles of your shoes to prevent from slipping.
  • Wear a seatbelt at all times when driving vehicles. Buckling up can help save your life by preventing you ( from falling out and getting crushed by the vehicle or large objects.
  • When backing the vehicle, clear the area and keep people away from it. Use the horn to signal other workers who may be nearby that you are backing up. Although it’s usually sufficient to use the mirror to check the back of the vehicle before backing up, getting out of the vehicle and inspecting the area around the vehicle’s rear end is highly recommended.

Electricity and Machines

Electrocution is one of the common causes of injury and death in construction sites. To avoid electricity-related accidents, regularly inspect equipment and machines for any signs of wear and tear, and strictly observe the recommended safety precautions. If you are not familiar with how to operate it, seek the assistance of your site supervisor.

Posted in Occupational Safety by Sophie Ruiz