Millions of people are employed in the construction industry, and due to the nature of the work, it’s one of the most dangerous industries to work in. For example, construction workers are exposed to machinery malfunctions, electrocution, falling from heights, falling objects, and structural collapses. The responsibility for people in and around any construction site falls on the shoulders of the people in charge. That could mean a site manager or foreman, business owner or building manager. It is, however, also the responsibility of workers to ensure an area is safe. Here are some tips to help you stay safe in the construction industry.
Always wear the correct protective gear
Wearing the correct protective gear could mean the difference between a long-term injury, a fatality or just a minor injury. If it’s provided for you, it’s your responsibility to wear it. Should you be injured at work and need to claim compensation, whether you were wearing the right PPE will affect the outcome of your case. A specialist legal firm will be able to advise you if you find yourself in such a situation.
Take part in health and safety training
A responsible employer will always provide health and safety training for employees, and it’s your responsibility to attend and pay attention to what’s being said. You need to be aware of the risks associated with the work you do, especially when working at height, with machinery or in confined places. An awareness of the basic first aid and being able to administer basic life-saving techniques is also essential.
Inspect tools and equipment regularly
You rely on your tools and equipment to work efficiently and get the job done. The risk of serious accidents increases if they are unsafe or broken. Regularly inspect them to ensure there are no defects or malfunctions.
Communicate with other staff if you spot a potential risk. Always be aware of existing hazards and other dangers. Always report accidents or near-misses.
Loading and unloading equipment
When you’re loading or unloading equipment always be aware of the risk of it rolling over. Make sure the ramps being used are straight and clear. Allow plenty of room between yourself and the equipment in case of an emergency. Use a spotter to help guide the equipment and make sure it’s clear of the ramp before turning.
Climbing stairs and ladders
Always inspect the ladder or stairs before stepping onto them. Check for damaged, loose, worn, weak or broken areas. Stairs and ladders should be kept lean, uncluttered and dry. Using an aerial lift or elevated platform is much safer than standing or balancing on a ladder.
Working in crowded areas
Stay away from large machinery, unless you’re the one operating it. If you’re the operator, always remain vigilant for people on the ground. Beeping your horn to warn others when you’re working and checking closely behind when backing up are things you can do to keep others safe.