Keeping Your Construction Crew Safe from Workplace Injuries
- Posted on: May 19 2020
A construction site can be incredibly dangerous if the proper safety protocols aren’t followed. Power tools, large machinery, and unfinished structures all present their own dangers. If you’re in charge of a construction crew or if you work on a construction site, here are a few things you need to keep in mind to prevent construction accidents.
Awareness is Vital
Everyone always needs to be aware of what’s going on around them. In an office, there’s less risk if you find yourself daydreaming or caught up in thinking through a problem. At a construction site, however, not paying attention can result in getting hurt. You may not realize that a vehicle is behind you or that a power tool is actively being used. You might trip over debris or walk beneath some scaffolding and have something dropped on your head.
Always Wear the Right Safety Equipment
Safety equipment, including hardhats, gloves, and boots, must be worn at all times on the construction site. Even visitors need to wear at least a hardhat. Besides being required by law, wearing safety gear will help protect you in the event of an accident. You also need to routinely inspect the safety gear you have on-site to make certain it’s not damaged.
Understand the Tools You’re Using
Your crew needs to only use power tools and other machinery that they fully understand. This means they need to know how to use it, what dangers it presents, and how to handle any sort of error or problem with the item. Some machinery such as forklifts should only be operated by those who are trained to do so. Anyone new to your crew needs to be trained on the equipment you have. Even if they’ve used something similar, it may not be exactly the same, so be sure to take the time to walk them through everything. It may seem like a waste of time, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Seek Help for any Injury
If anyone has been injured on the job site, you need to seek help immediately. Depending on the injury, you may also need to file workers’ comp. Dr. Jeff Mollins can assist you with the paperwork and other documents needed to file such a claim. Contact us today to arrange your free case evaluation.
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