From the complexity of constructing car wash buildings to the simplicity of building prefabricated metal canopies, it’s important to stay safe. Even the most experienced construction worker can be a victim of unsafe practices, so stay vigilant. Use these tips to keep everyone on the job site injury and accident-free.
Wear Proper Protective Gear
Each project will require different types of protection, but there are a few that are the same across any project. These include:
- Eye protection (goggles),
- Ear protection,
- Steel-toed boots,
- Safety helmet (hard hat), and
It’s likely that your construction job will call for other things, though. For instance, building metal canopies requires a lot of heavy lifting. Therefore, a back support belt is recommended. Spending a little extra money to prevent injuries ultimately saves more in the long run.
Check Functionality of Tools
Before each day, assess the condition of all the project tools. Look for damage, worn-down pieces, fraying cords, or improperly assembled tools. All of these things create high-risk scenarios for construction workers who are more focused on the task than the tool.
Know the First-Aid Kit Location
In an emergency, knowing where the first-aid supplies are can change everything. Make sure each person on the project knows where to find it, what’s included, and how to use it. In addition to this kit, create a protocol for accidents. Should they call 9-1-1 immediately? Who knows CPR? Should the person go to the doctor right away if they are injured? Answer these questions before there is a crisis situation at hand.
Not only does the project manager need to communicate with the team, but everyone needs to talk with each other. This includes statements like “heads up” and “incoming debris,” followed by confirmation responses, such as, “all clear” and “heard” before proceeding. Sites with high communication statistically have fewer accidents than their nose-down counterparts.