People who work in construction encounter many workplace dangers each day that they report to the job. Some of the dangers are relatively small, such as an injured finger, while other dangers can pose greater risk and injury. That’s why safety at each job site is paramount. Safe and healthy workers ensure a better workplace environment, efficient completion of the job, and it’s important they know that you care about their well being. Below are safety tips to implement at the worksite.
Build an Even Terrain
If you’re at a worksite with uneven or rough ground, it’s a good idea to make an even terrain. This can be done with rig matting, which has many benefits. Because it makes an even terrain it’s easier for construction vehicles to drive on it. Ease of driving can mean fewer vehicle accidents. Many mats also have surfaces made out of materials that prevent people from slipping when they walk across it, and they can prevent tripping since it’s an even surface. Fewer trips and slips means fewer injured workers. Mats catch spills that would otherwise contaminate the ground, so it’s environmentally beneficial to use rig matting as well.
Ensure Employees Have Proper Gear
What type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) a construction worker wears will depend on the work being done. Construction helmets are recommended if there’s a chance something could fall from above, safety glasses are important if there’s the potential for debris to get in the eyes, and earplugs should be worn if loud noises that pose a risk of hearing loss are present. It’s a good idea to make sure all employees have proper shoes that prevent nails from going through the soles, as there’s bound to be loose hardware on the ground during the job. Workers who wear the proper PPE are safer at the job site.
Inspect and Reinspect Scaffolding Safety
Scaffolding that’s improperly erected or used results in 50 construction deaths per year and over 4,500 injuries, so it’s important to properly set it up and reevaluate its safety before each workday begins. It’s best to set it up on an even and flat surface and not use unstable surfaces such as bricks, rocks, or other props. These can shift beneath the scaffolding and cause people and objects to fall off, or even a scaffolding collapse. Any weakened parts must be replaced or repaired immediately. Properly assemble it with all parts, including safety rails, metal floor planks, and braces.
Fewer workplace injuries means happier employees and a job well done.