Safety is our core value in Halfen Moment and it is the responsibility of all of us to work towards our goal: ZER0 fatalities and ZERO accidents. There are plenty of guidelines and regulations that we should follow on construction sites or workplace, and almost all of them pertain to the safety of the people who work there. Here are 10 common construction site safety tips:
Use Caution When Climbing On and Off Equipment
Falls when climbing on and off equipment is common, as is someone getting injured because they got stuck in the process. No one should stretch more than they should to grab onto the handles, nor should anyone carry anything as they are getting up or down. It is also important to never jump down from a machine, as they are when the most accidents happen.
Stay Away from Operating Machinery
It is common for workers who are waiting for the next step of their job to simply congregate in one area and patiently watch as someone else is doing their job. This is normally not an issue except when those people are standing too close to operating machinery. Most of the time nothing will happen, but accidents usually do not announce themselves first, so workers should stay away out of extreme caution.
Use Caution Around Fall Hazards
Every construction site has fall hazards and it is the worker’s job to be aware of what they all are. Safety systems should be in place in those areas to prevent falls from occurring for example, guardrails, safety nets, safety cords, and personal fall arrest systems.
Use the Proper Ladder Height
Some construction workers will try to get away with using a shorter ladder than they should, simply because a taller one is not available. This should be avoided if possible, because every time a construction worker stretches past the point that they should on the ladder they are using, they take the chance that they will fall off the ladder or the ladder will tip over and take them with it.
Keep an Updated First Aid Kit
That first aid kit from five years ago is going to contain medication that is outdated and band aids that are most likely past their sticky stage. Everyone should be prepared with an updated first aid kit. This kit should include disinfectant, ointment, painkillers, and bandages and gauze of all sizes.
Never Use Damaged Equipment
When there is work that needs to be done, some construction workers will simply use what they have available even if that item is damaged. That is never a good idea, as that damaged piece of equipment can cause an injury rather quickly. Some damaged parts can include a worn-out cable, worn-out cords, and a worn-out harness.
Never Unplug a Tool by the Cord
At the end of a long day or after a long tedious project, many construction workers may be tempted to unplug the cord of the tool they are using by simply giving it a good yank. This motion can damage the tool over time and it can also cause injury to a person. It is better to take the two extra seconds to go over and pull the plug out of the outlet, because those two seconds can mean the difference between life and death on occasion.
Be Aware of Surroundings at All Times
Construction job sites are busy places, which is why workers will want to be aware of their surroundings at all times. No one thinks that something bad is going to happen to them as they are simply sitting there taking a break, but one second of unawareness can lead to a person getting hit on the head by a falling object or getting run over by a piece of machinery.
Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Employers have duties concerning the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. PPE is equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment.
Manual Handling Tips for Safe Lifting
Over 40% of site injuries come from handling goods. Costs from handling errors leading to injury may include compensation and lost productivity. Putting in place control measures to help employees understand how to lift, push and pull correctly can solve the majority of these accidents.
These safety tips are designed to keep everyone safe on the construction site, and while many of them are basic common-sense things, they are still overlooked numerous times a day around the world. The one thing that every construction worker needs to remember is that accidents happen and everything that they do when they are on the job can be potentially hazardous in one way or another. Therefore, they need to be cautious every minute of the day, so that they can leave and go home the way that they came.