Construction Safety Tips

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Construction is an undeniably dangerous industry. In fact, according to a study conducted by the National Safety Council, the construction industry has had more deaths than any other industry since 2012.

From the heavy machinery used to the dangerous equipment that construction workers operate on a daily basis, the construction industry provides ample opportunities for serious and even fatal injuries. However, some steps can be taken to help improve safety and reduce the occurrence of workplace accidents that we will explore.

Wear Personal Protective Equipment

The first thing that all construction workers should do in an effort to protect themselves on a construction site is to wear personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE includes a number of different items including helmets, gloves, boots, goggles, ear plugs, safety belts, respirators, and more.

While wearing PPE is one step in the right direction, ensuring this equipment fits properly is even more important as ill-fitting materials will not provide much protection. Fortunately for employees, Section 1926.95(d) of the U.S. Safety and Health Regulations for Construction states that employers will provide PPE at no cost to employees.

Additionally, employers must replace damaged or worn-out PPE so long as the employee does not intentionally damage or lose it.

Inspect Your Workspace Before Working

The next safety tip for construction workers is to inspect their workspace before starting to work. When doing this, you will want to look out for any potential hazards that could be dangerous and cause an incident. For example, look out for slippery surfaces, make sure your scaffolding is stable, and familiarize yourself with your workspace and where your machinery and tools are located. Additionally, check all your equipment before working to ensure that it is in good working order and is not malfunctioning.

Don’t Take Shortcuts

The next safety tip is to avoid taking shortcuts. While taking a shortcut to get a task done quickly can be very tempting, it can also be very dangerous. In all the work that you do on a construction site, you should make sure that you are not cutting corners and are producing high-quality work. Ultimately, taking shortcuts will greatly increase your chances of getting hurt on the job and facing backlash from management.

Participate in Safety Training 

Although individuals are often reluctant to sit through long hours of safety training, these training sessions are incredibly valuable and important. Your employer should regularly facilitate safety training and should provide updates and insights regarding the newest safety protocols and tips. Staying educated about new advancements in construction and how to stay safe should greatly reduce the chances of injury on the job.

Reporting Near Misses

Just as important as reporting injuries that occurred on construction sites is reporting near misses. Near misses describe events that could have or almost caused grave injuries. For example, maybe there was a loose electrical wire on the ground that you almost tripped over but you were able to catch yourself at the last moment, this would be considered a near miss.

Had you tripped over the wire, a severe injury or accident could have resulted. You should alert your manager about anything you see that you believe could be a future potential hazard.

Injured on a Construction Site?

If you are injured on a construction site, you must take the necessary steps to protect yourself and others. First, seek medical attention immediately to receive prompt care for your injuries. Then, you will want to submit an accident report to your employer to alert them about what happened, so that they are aware of the situation and can take action to prevent future incidents.

From there, you will want to contact a construction accident attorney in Los Angeles to learn about your legal options, as you may be able to recover compensation for the injuries you sustained. However, if you follow the aforementioned safety tips, you are far less likely to injure yourself on a construction site.

Claire S. Allen
Claire S. Allen
Hi there! I'm Claire S. Allen, a vibrant Gemini who's as bold as my favorite color, red. I'm a fan of two cool things: strolling the streets in a red jacket and crafting articles that connect with readers. With my warm and friendly personality, Claire is sure to brighten up your day!
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