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Essential safety tips for construction workers

An occupation in construction is not for the faint of heart. Working on a construction site is inherently risky. Operating tools, working at high elevations and walking on unsafe surfaces are all tasks that may potentially result in an injury. 

However, there are some ways you can minimize your chances of getting hurt. Here are some essential steps to staying safe as a construction worker.

Safe scaffolding

Did you know that falls from scaffolding result in 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths every year? Follow these tips to be safe:

  • Make sure a competent individual with proper training safely erects the scaffold on solid footing so it is rigid and has a high weight capacity.
  • Never use concrete blocks, loose bricks or other unstable objects to support scaffolds.
  • Verify that any scaffold you work on is at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • Do not work on a scaffold that does not have the necessary guardrails or toeboards.

Approximately 2.3 million construction employees use scaffolds on a regular basis, so scaffold safety is especially important.

Solutions for stairways and ladders

About 25,000 workplace injuries and 36 fatalities occur each year when construction workers fall from ladders or stairs. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Always inspect stairs and ladders for any potential hazards, including grease, debris or defective surfaces.
  • Immediately correct any slippery conditions.
  • Use handrails.
  • Make sure steps and landings have treads.
  • Use proper ladders for certain tasks.
  • Mark defective or damaged ladders so that no one else uses them.

Adhering to these guidelines may help prevent  slipping, tripping and falling.

Proper use of tools

Help prevent injuries by adhering to these guidelines:

  • Wear ear protection to prevent hearing damage.
  • Use good posture and align tools correctly to your body.
  • Examine each tool before using it to ensure it is in good working condition.
  • Take frequent breaks when performing repetitive tasks.

You may not be able to completely eliminate all hazards from a construction site, but these tips could help you avoid accidents.

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