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Safety tips for every construction worker

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Construction workers play one of the most important roles in our modern society. It’s their job to provide safe buildings, bridges, and many other assets for society. The workers owe it to themselves and their employers to work safely. Obviously, the employers need to take care of the safety and security of the workers, but the workers themselves need to keep a lot of precautions in mind when working in such hazardous conditions.

Below are five safety measures every construction worker must take:

Double-Check Work Area

Scaffolds and ladders are essential construction site tools with a high potential for danger. They are associated with a high number of injuries. Always check ladders and scaffolds thoroughly before use. Never work on a scaffold without a strong platform or base. Also, avoid working on incomplete scaffolds and wobbly ladders.

Ensure that ladders are of proper strength and height(at least one meter above landing). All the slabs of the ladder must be secured properly. The upper and lower end of the ladder should be properly fastened.

Vigilance

Construction sites require a lot of electrical installations. When working with a lifting equipment, follow the safety instructions listed for the equipment and be extra cautious to see there is no wear and tear in the machine. When working with plugged-in portable devices, such as grinders or drills; always check that the cables are protected, the metal casing is grounded, and the power supply is provided with an earth leakage circuit breaker.

Never allow the electrical tools to come in contact with water. Never stand or work immediately below a heavy suspended load. And always check that you are not exceeding the permissible levels of load. Proper training on the operation of  some equipment should be embarked upon.

Maintain Fencing and Fire Safety

Dangerous areas that are without fencing or with broken and damaged fencing should be avoided until they are completely repaired or a proper fencing is in place. With the machinery present, along with combustible chemicals and welding operations, there is always a possibility of fire on a construction site. Be alert and take some measures to prevent them. Open flames should be kept away from construction sites because of the presence of flammable materials(especially on oil rig sites).

All workers should know the escape or exit route if a fire occurs. Knowing where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them may prove to be very advantageous in many situations and is therefore highly recommended. Employers should train workers to use this emergency equipment. Click HERE for more on fire safety.

Protective Apparel

As a construction worker, request for protective gear and clothing from your employer. Well-fitted helmets and protective eyewear are a must. Ear plugs or muffs for working in noisy areas and protective gloves when dealing with toxic chemicals should be worn. Anti-slip footwear and protective apparel are necessary for those working in toxic or dusty environments. Fall harnesses are very important for every construction worker. Ensure your harness is secured to a strong anchorage point when working at heights.

At sites where there is a lot of movement of heavy vehicles, workers should wear highly visible clothing so that they can be located and seen easily. Because construction workers have to be working outdoors regardless of weather conditions, they also should have some climate protective gear and clothing.

Keep First Aid Close

Both the site supervisor and contractor should ensure that first aid is always accessible to the workers. Basic first aid for minor burns, cuts, and falls should be available on site so that the required medical assistance can be provided to the workers immediately. Some injuries when treated immediately help in limiting the damage to a great extent and prevent infections from spreading.

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