Building anything requires a lot of hard work. Even though hard work usually means sore muscles at the end of the day, that should be the extent of the pain workers endure at the job site.
Keeping construction sites safe is everyone’s responsibility, and it’s essential for more reasons than one. Not only does preventing accidents on the job site keep workers safe and avoid injuries, but it also helps keep projects on schedule and avoid the types of costly delays that can result from accidents.
Even an accident that doesn’t cause injuries or damage can mean significant loss of time and materials, so it’s in the best interests of everyone on the job site to have a solid plan in place for construction safety — and make sure everyone follows it at all times.
Just as a blueprint provides the framework and vision for how a construction project will come together, a safety plan provides the framework for keeping all employees safe at the job site. A safety plan needs to be followed by everyone involved in the project, from the laborers on-site all the way up to the highest levels of management.
Without this level of buy-in, there is too much potential for injury and/or catastrophic events to occur. Unless proper protocols are followed, virtually every action tied to a construction project has the potential to turn into an unsafe situation.
Something as simple as hammering a nail can lead to injury if the worker wielding the hammer forgets or neglects to wear safety goggles and safety gloves. A hammer that shows signs of wear or age may break at a critical moment and expose the worker to risk of injury if the tool is not inspected prior to use. Workers using hand tools repetitively are susceptible to stress injuries that can occur if they don’t stop to rest their hands at regular intervals.
Having a solid plan in place will ensure that construction projects are built to proper specifications. Having a solid safety plan in place will ensure that everything is done safely. Using caution and proper safety equipment, and following proper procedures are essential at any construction site — the following checklist contains many of the most important safety tips that every construction worker needs to know.
Author bio: Eric Block is VP of Sales and Marketing at USA Hoist. He has been in the industry for 15 years, and has the experience and knowledge to help achieve the most effective hoisting solutions for general contractors — assisting with everything from value engineering to logistics plans.