Construction projects can be some of the most dangerous workplaces anywhere. With heavy machinery and powerful tools in use, it’s extremely easy for something to go wrong if there is a lack of concern for safety. Here are some important tips to keep in mind during your construction project to help keep you and your workers safe.
1. Use the equipment properly.
One of the greatest causes of injuries during a construction project is misuses of the tools. Always make sure you follow the correct procedure for safe use of each tool. When getting on and off construction equipment, move carefully - and never jump off the equipment to save time. Carelessness or laziness in operating these machines can cause severe damage.
2. Keep bystanders away.
It’s surprising how many people will gather to watch construction happening. It’s fine and isn’t distracting, as long as it’s from a safe distance. Too often, however, the group grows and begins to crowd the machine. This makes it no longer a safe environment. Foremen working on the ground will need to enforce a safe distance between the observers and the machinery.
3. Be prepared for slopes.
When operating heavy construction machinery on slopes, it can be a whole different story. Driving up and down the slopes with a heavy load requires extra caution, especially if there is any kind of unusual surface condition. Know your machine’s limits on slopes and don’t push past those limits to get the job done faster.
4. Watch out for underground and overhead obstructions.
No matter where you’re working, you’re likely to find water lines, gas lines, sewer lines, and electrical lines all around you. Make sure these lines are well marked before you begin construction. Even after they are marked, use caution, as it is not at all unusual for marking errors to occur. You may even have to resort to hand digging when you know you are near a line. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, though - an encounter with an electrical line can be extremely dangerous.
5. Protect yourself.
Never skimp on the protective gear when you’re working on a construction project. Even if you are doing your job perfectly and cautiously, others around you may not be, and it is always better to be prepared for an accident. If the project requires gloves, goggles, helmets, boots, jackets, or ear plugs, use them when and as intended.
6. Provide proper training of construction crews.
One of the easiest ways to prevent injuries is to make sure everyone on the job site is trained on safety protocol. All fork operators should get their forklift certification now - not tomorrow, now! All workers should be shown how to use any necessary hand tools, back safety belts, and personal protective equipment. Also, there needs to be a standard of 100% compliance to safe practices while on the job site.
If everyone working on the construction project is willing to follow safety procedures such as these, you’ll be able to finish the project quickly and safely.