Accidents on construction sites can be catastrophic. Therefore, it’s crucial to have at least a basic understanding of safety practices, so you and others stay injury-free. These are some of the most basic safety tips which can be applied to any construction project. Whether you’re working on car wash buildings or metal canopies, use this advice to stay safe.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings
One of the easiest and perhaps most obvious ways to prevent accidents is always to be aware of your surroundings. This means to look up and down then side to side at all times. By constantly keeping an eye out for obstacles, you’ll notice cords, stray tools, low clearances, standing water, falling objects, and other unexpected hazards. Make sure to communicate with your team if you’re creating a situation that requires extra awareness, like a repair with a high probability of falling debris.
- Protect Your Eyes and Ears
Many projects require the use of power tools and dangerous equipment. Protect your vision and hearing with proper eye and ear protection. Even seemingly safe tasks could cause shards to fly or eardrum-damaging noise. Another way to protect yourself and others is to buy tools with lower vibrations.
- Use Well-Functioning Equipment
It seems like a no-brainer, but accident-free work sites need equipment that works. If it’s damaged, rusty, making strange noises, or producing unexpected results (i.e. sparking), it’s time for a replacement. Additionally, tools which aren’t suited for the task can pose risks, too. For example, a hand saw probably isn’t the best option for assembling prefabricated metal canopies.
- Apply the Proper Techniques
Pulled back muscles on a construction project are often the result of improper lifting. Your project will determine which methods you should use, but a few standard practices are:
- When lifting a heavy object, bend at the knees, straddle the load, and lift with your legs.
- Hold tools by the body and never pull or yank them by the cord.
- When climbing a ladder, keep three points of contact on it until you reach the top.
- Review Safety Protocol Regularly
Each construction site will have different protocols for safety conduct. Make sure to review it with your team regularly so everyone understands and applies it.