Four tools for staying safe when working in construction
Construction can be a dangerous profession if you don’t properly prepare for it. There are steps that you can take to ensure that you are always as safe as possible when you are on the job site. The following guide walks you through a few tips to use for staying safe when working in construction.
Learn how to use all machinery well
There are machines on construction sites that are designed to make moving the material easier. Much of the equipment is operated by radio remote controls because they allow you to keep a safe distance from the machinery while still being able to control the movement of the materials. It’s important to take the time to learn how to operate the radio remote controls properly to prevent accidents from happening.
Wear the proper safety equipment
When you go to work on a construction site, there are constantly dangers to look out for to protect yourself. Protect your feet from having something heavy fall on them or from stepping on sharp nails with construction boots. The boots have a steel toe design that protects toes from being crushed and a solid sole that keep nails from piercing through. A hard hat is also crucial to protect your head from falling objects. Roughly 80 people died in 2017 from falling objects. Wearing the proper protective gear could end up saving our life.
Have the basic tools readily available
Having a tool belt that is fitted with tools that you need to use on a regular basis can make construction easier. A great hammer, tape measure, a quick square for making quick measurements of angles and a contractor pencil are essential tools to put in your tool bag. Be sure the tool bag is tightened so that it can support the weight of your tools and allow you to move around the site freely without it falling.
Scaffolding makes reaching high locations easier
Scaffolding is designed to be set up and taken down easily. It creates platforms at different heights so that work can be done safely in hard to reach places. Ensure all scaffolding is properly set up before climbing on it to prevent a fall from happening.
Taking the time to ensure that you are aware of your surroundings and have the necessary equipment ensures you are always as safe as you can be when you do construction. Doing regular inspections of the equipment that you use can prevent accidents from happening on the job site and keep the work flowing at all times.
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