Ways to Reduce the Risk of Injury on a Construction Site
- Posted on: Aug 25 2020
A construction site is one of the most dangerous work environments. The number of people working, the tools involved, and the heavy equipment combine to create a number of dangers. It’s easy to end up with a workers’ comp claim, and some of these injuries can result in permanent damage. There are a number of ways to reduce your risk of injury on the job site, though. Let’s take a look at a few of these ways you can keep yourself and your co-workers safe.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
One of the most important and yet also easiest thing to do to prevent accidents is to pay attention to what’s going on around you. Make certain you watch where you’re walking and look around before you active a power tool or drive heavy equipment. While you may have noise-cancelling safety gear that you have to wear when operating certain equipment, always take it off after you’re finished so you can hear what’s going on.
Clearly Communicate with Others
While you can take responsibility for being aware of your surroundings, you can’t make others do the same. To help you and them stay safe, always clearly communicate what’s going on. If you’re going to use heavy equipment, be sure people nearby know you’re about to start it up. Even if you believe they will hear the motor and know what’s going on, it never hurts to say something out loud.
Watch Your Cables
Electrical cables and water hoses often crisscross the ground at a construction site. Do your best to keep these cables and hoses out of the walkway so no one trips over them. Also, don’t pull them so tight that they come up off the ground. People are much more likely to trip over a cable that’s pulled tighter than they are one that’s loosely lying on the ground.
Keep Things Organized
Keep your tools and materials as organized as you can. Put items away when you’re finished with them so someone doesn’t accidentally trip over them. While it’s not always easy to keep a construction site neatly organized, doing your best will help protect everyone.
If you have been injured on the job, you need to contact a workers’ compensation expert. Dr. Jeff Mollins will help you with all the necessary paperwork and medical examinations. Contact his office today to set up an appointment.