10 Tips For Construction Safety – Part 1

Whether you’re an employer or a worker, safety is always the first priority when you’re on a construction site. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly twenty percent of work-related deaths are in the construction industry. Because of the high-risk nature of these jobs, we need to be careful about how employees and employers are dealing with safety hazards on the job. In this blog, we’ll talk about some of the most important safety tips for anyone in the construction industry, whether you’re an employee or an employer.

1.) Ladders
Ladders can lead to some serious injuries if not used properly and is one of the leading causes of workers falling on the job. If a worker does not secure a ladder properly to whatever he/she is climbing up, chooses the wrong ladder for the job, or tries to carry heavy supplies up the ladder, it could result in a serious fall.

Workers: You should always plan to keep both feet on the ladder at all times and at least one hand. This means no standing on one leg to reach hard-to-reach places and not taking both hands off the ladder to hold something heavy.

Employers: An employer should check ladders regularly to make sure they can still be used. A ladder that’s cracked, wobbly, or has loose footholds or handles should be discontinued immediately.

2.) Exhaustion
With all the ways you can get injured working a construction job, this is one you may not think of until it’s too late to be prevented. You should always be aware that heat strokes are a common issue especially in a place that’s consistently hot like Texas.

Workers: Always come prepared to work with plenty of water! Even if your work site provides water, don’t count on that. If you bring a water bottle, you’ll be more likely to drink from it throughout the day. Stay in the shade as often as possible.

Employers: Always remind workers that there is water available and allow plenty of breaks throughout the day. Additionally, you should encourage everyone to take a break in the shade or in an air-conditioned building if possible.

3.) Scaffolding
Scaffolding can be anything from platforms attached to buildings to aerial lifts. Either way, it involves walking/working on an elevated platform that could be dangerous if not done properly.

Workers: If you want to operate any machine on a construction site, you must have training with that specific piece of equipment and feel confident with all of its safety features. Make sure you communicate properly with people around you who may be injured by it and always wear a safety harness.

Employers: It’s your responsibility to make sure that every worker has proper training before allowing them to operate machinery such as an aerial lift. Additionally, you should inspect the machine regularly to ensure it is working as intended.

4.) Eye and face protection
OSHA regulations require that all workers are provided with proper face and eye protection according to the work that’s being done. That means whether the worker is welding, sawing, or working in an area with a lot of dust or other airborne particles, they’ll need to be protected from the elements of that task.

Workers: Always wear your protection when it’s required and don’t be afraid to speak up if something doesn’t fit properly or if it’s impeding your ability to perform the job at hand.

Employers: Always make sure you have enough supplies for everyone in addition to backup supplies in case something doesn’t fit or is broken. You should prevent anyone from taking shortcuts and using the wrong face or eye protection for the job at hand. Every safety item is designed for a specific job and typically won’t suffice in other circumstances.

5.) Head protection
Along the same lines as face and eye protection, head protection is the most common and important form of construction site safety. You’d be remiss to find a construction worker on-site without one because they prevent injuries from falling objects like wood, tools, or any other equipment that may be sitting on a scaffolding above where people are working.

Workers: Plain and simple, you can’t work on a construction site without proper head protection. It will prevent head injury and possible concussion from falling objects.

Employers: You should ensure that every worker has head protection with no cracks and fits snuggly in order for it to be useful.

OSHA Safety Training is a requirement for workers and contractors in various industries. Before entering the site both workers and contractors must have proper safety training that will prepare them to work safely. If you want the most convenient way of getting your OSHA training, contact Q Safety Training, we have both OSHA 10 hour and OSHA 30 hour courses on-site and online.