Working as a construction worker is without a doubt a very dangerous profession. As there are many dangers on the job, there are some simple safety precautions a construction worker must follow to ensure their complete safety. From fall protection measures to harnessing yourself in wire rope slings and rigging hardware, here are some simple construction safety tips to follow.
Use the proper tool for the proper task
While this may seem obvious, some construction workers believe that they can multi-task their projects and use the same tools and equipment for each situation. This is in fact false as each tool has its own purpose so the manual should always be followed.
Never carry or pull a tool by its cord
This may seem more convenient, but is in fact dangerous as it can lead to fraying. The tool can then break off and go flying, which will be dangerous for anyone in its path. Also make sure to keep these cords away for water, oil, or any heat source.
Balance the tools in correct alignment for your body at all times
This will not only help in your fall protection, it will ensure you stay balanced if you are above ground. Always situate yourself before you introduce tools to your position, as your body weight anchors you.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times
Keep an eye out for any obstructions in your vision, low hanging electrical lines, low clearances, utilities that are underground, or other obstacles that can be deemed as dangerous if you are not paying complete attention.
Understand your workplace’s safety precautions
And follow them exactly! Never cut corners or believe you can get away with something when it was put in place for a reason.
Pay attention to the scaffold
The scaffolding must be built on a solid surface, and can sustain four times the weight of the worker. They must be at least 10 feet away from any power lines, never be overloaded, and a qualified supervisor must be present at all times. The platforms must be tightly planked, have sturdy guardrails and undamaged rigging that is checked out by a supervisor before any shift.