The construction industry is one of the most dangerous types of jobs in the United States. Each year thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatal accidents are related to the construction industry. There are many things that can happen while on the job including electrical shocks, collisions and, most commonly, slip and falls.
Here are some safety tips to keep you safe on a construction site:
- Wear protective gear
Head gear such as hard hats are critical to preventing head trauma on a construction site. Hard hats should be worn when working under or around a scaffold. Non-slip or steel toecap, sturdy boots will help prevent slip and falls near machinery. Depending on your construction site other items might include heavy duty gloves, kneepads, masks and goggles. Accidents occur many different ways, so if you’re not wearing the right personal protection equipment (PPE) or safety equipment you’re putting yourself at risk.
- Keep work areas clean and clear
A work site that is clean and clear will reduce the likelihood of injuries to workers. Keep areas clean by storing your materials and tools. Do not leave unnecessary materials on the walkway and be proactive about removing waste in these areas.
- Become an onsite expert
While working on a construction site you will be using a variety of machines. It’s important to become an expert and have a full understanding of the machines you will be working with. Knowing the ins and outs of how the machine functions can help protect you if something goes wrong.
- Protect against heavy machinery and power tools
When using heavy machinery and power tools you should always wear additional protective gear including, gloves, safety glasses, and ear plugs for loud machinery. It’s important to check that your tools are in good condition and that the safety guards are still in working order.
- Be aware of your surroundings
It’s imperative to stay alert to what is going on around you. More accidents tend to happen when people aren’t aware of the potential hazards surrounding them. Always be aware of the equipment being used around you and potential falling debris.
By following these simple safety tips you can reduce the risk of injury.
In case an injury does occur, it is important to always have a safety plan in place. The appropriate first aid equipment must be available onsite and workers should have the knowledge to deal with these potential injuries.
If you’re injured in a construction site accident, contact The Cochran Firm Philadelphia today. Our team of construction accident attorneys will fight for every penny you deserve.