If there is one aspect of the construction business that deserves serious concern, it will have to be work safety. And rightfully so. Safety in the workplace is best upheld through effective communication between management and people on the construction site regarding safety standards and the adherence of everyone to said standards.
This article presents some tips on workplace safety to help develop awareness of and ability to identify unsafe work site practices and opportunities for improvement.
Identify Hazardous Areas
It’s best to kick off a safety-in-the-workplace campaign by having a thorough knowledge of the hazards of your workplace. Once you’re aware of all the danger zones where you work, you’ll know where to stay away from. Be especially careful in areas where machinery is installed.
Mind Your Posture
If your work entails a lot of hip bending picking things up, always check that your form is good and that you don’t twist or stoop so you don’t end up with an aching back.
Take It Easy, Take a Break
Taking regular breaks is a good way to freshen up an otherwise burned out and exhausted worker. This ensures that concentration and focus are at their best and you’re always fit to perform the tasks that go with your job.
There’s a Right Tool for the Job
Be careful when using tools. Don’t resort to going with one tool because it’s the one that’s within your reach and the right tool for the task is out of sight. Taking shortcuts like this almost always leads to workplace injury.
Easy Access to Emergency Exits
Emergency situations call for fast movements. People scampering don’t have the luxury of time to figure things out, like which way leads to the exit. Emergency exits need to be strategically situated so as to be easily accessible during such situations. The same goes for equipment and machinery controls so that they can be quickly shut off to prevent further damage or injury.
Your Supervisor is Your Safety Ally
Be sure to call your supervisor’s attention for any safety hazards or risks in the workplace. It is a supervisor’s job to ensure employee safety and he makes this possible by helping to provide a safe working environment for everyone.
Mechanical Aids at Your Service
Human strength can only do so much. If you need to lift or carry something very heavy, take the time to make use of mechanical aids like wheelbarrows, forklifts, etc. It’s worth the extra minute reaching for these and can save you the trouble of injuring yourself doing it on your own.
Stay Sober or Be Sorry
Alcohol, drugs, and the workplace do not mix. Don’t even think about this big no-no. Many lives have been claimed in the workplace as a result of being under influence in the performance of their jobs.
Talk Away Stress
One surefire way to lose focus and concentration is to be under stress. If you’re stressed about something that’s related to work, don’t hesitate to talk this out with your supervisor. He should be happy to help you address your issues.
Safety Equipment—the Name Says It All
Safety equipment are called thus for obvious reasons. Hard hats, gloves, earmuffs, earplugs, full-face masks, goggles, etc.—however redundant they may seem—are even more important in a construction site setting for preventing workplace injury.
Of course all of the above mean nothing if foremen, facility/construction site managers, and business owners don’t exert the necessary efforts to encourage workers about the importance of work safety. It’s a total team effort, really, that makes safety in the workplace happen. Supervisors can make sharing and discussion of workplace injury and risks a part of workers’ daily schedule, or bosses can give out incentives as reward to workers showing exemplary workplace safety behavior. The simplest initiatives can go a long way.