How To Stay Safe When Working On A Construction Site
The following are construction site safety tips for both management and workers.
- Safety training – Management should train all personnel in work-place safety and operating procedures either on-site or at a training facility. Training should include proper lifting techniques to avoid back injuries.
- Walkthrough – Perform a walkthrough of the site. Identify and assess any workplace hazards and make management aware of these.
- Hazardous materials – Label and store any hazardous materials in proper containers and secure them in a safe location. Make sure there is an MSDS (material safety data sheet) for all potentially hazardous chemicals and materials.
- Protection for head and feet – Wearing a yellow hardhat is not a fashion statement, but it could save your life. Without that hard hat and steel toe cap boots, you’re putting yourself at great risk on a construction site.
- Surroundings –Many construction site accidents happen when people are not aware of their surroundings. Stay alert and pay careful attention to any loose materials that might topple or fall on you.
- Scaffolds and ladders –Make sure the scaffolds have been inspected by a competent person, and never work on a scaffold that does not have a strong platform or base. Check any ladder thoroughly before using it, and if any part of it is wobbly, don’t use it.
- Tools and electricity – When using power tools make sure that power cables are protected, the metal casing is grounded and the power supply has an earth leakage circuit breaker.
- Heavy equipment and vehicles – Each year about ten people die when hit by heavy vehicles at construction sites. Often the drivers cannot see you fully, so stay clear while they’re in motion.
- Safety plan – Management should have prepared a safety plan to deal with on-site emergencies. Workers should have some basic first aid knowledge to deal with injuries that occur.
If despite your efforts to avoid it, you’re injured at a construction site, we urge you to email or call us at 888-HURT-318 (888-487-8318). At the Law Firm of Scott D. DeSalvo, we are Chicago personal injury lawyers, and we want to help you get back on your feet, both physically and financially.
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