Staying Safe on the Construction Job

Did you know that over 2.2 million people are employed by UK’s construction industry? Over three thousand people have died due to injuries from construction jobs and many thousands have been injured while working on different sites. This is the same all around the globe. The reasons why so many construction workers injure themselves are numerous. Some fall through roofs, from ladders and scaffolding. Others have been hit by falling debris, lifts and dumpers.

Firstly, it is very important to wear the right kind of clothing. Protective equipment such as gloves, goggles and helmets are necessary to prevent injury. When at the construction site, avoid wearing very loose clothes. You should try and wear uniforms that cover most of your body. Protecting your ears is also a good idea because the noise levels can get quite high. If your hair is long, tie it up so that it will not interfere with your work or get into your eyes while you are working.

If you are a supervisor ensure that the site is free of asbestos and lead. Both are very dangerous to health. Employees should be adequately trained so they are aware of safety precautions to be taken. They must also know how to use certain tools and equipments. Wrong usage is often the cause for injury. The employees must be encouraged to report any unsafe condition on the site. They must also inform the supervisor of any medication that they are on, due to illness. When exposed to toxic chemicals or a lot of dust it is advisable to wear respiratory equipment. Wearing of jewelry should be prohibited on the site.

Supervisors and workers alike must keep the work site free of loose material, tools, lumber, pipes that are not in use. While using hand tools, you must only use the right tools for the purpose at hand. Faulty equipments must be reported and not used until repaired. If a worker is unsure on how to use a tool, he can read the manufacturer’s instructions to get a better understanding. After the tools are used, it must be safely stored in the correct place.

Fire extinguishing equipment should be kept in a visible spot. Employees must be told where the units are located. Cigarettes, matches and flammable liquids should be kept far away from the construction site. When using refueling material ensure that you clean up any spills. Even the rags or cloth used should be safely stored until the next use. When using ladders, use approved ladders of good quality. Rubber-soled shoes will give you a better footing. When carrying the ladder from one place to another keep it parallel to the ground and then hoisted it should be three feet above the top spot. Even if it is a relatively easy climb, use both hands.