17 Construction safety tips

17 Construction safety tips

17 Construction safety tips

17 Construction safety tips that will help keep you and your construction team safe.

1. If you don't know ask

Not sure on what to do? Or don’t know if or how you can perform the task safely? The best practice is to ask. Speak to your supervisor or project manager for guidance and make sure that you follow all safety precautions. Ensure that you have all the correct equipment to safely perform the task at hand. If you do not know how to do something ask for an example as to how it is done.

2. Equipment matters. Ensure you use the correct equipment and that equipment is checked regularly.

Before starting a job, make sure you are using the correct equipment and that you do a proper check for faults before commencing with the job at hand. Not only will it ensure your safety and the safety of others, but use of the correct equipment will ensure the job gets done quicker and that the quality and workmanship is better as well. Visually check your equipment before proceeding with a job. Make sure automatic tools are correctly fitted and moving parts are tightened correctly.

3. Report faulty tools and equipment

Upon inspection of tools, if you find a faulty tool report it immediately. Whatever tools or equipment is used needs to be reported if any faults are found.  This can not only keep you from danger but the act of simply reporting faulty tools or equipment can potentially keep your colleges from injury.

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4. Do not temper with equipment

Do not ever temper with equipment. If something is not operating correctly or looks off. Refer to tip number 3. Do not tamper with equipment. Faulty equipment needs to be repaired, maintained or replaced by the persons in charge of the equipment and tools. Leave the tampering to those who know what they’re doing. For repairs to tools and equipment there will be an appointed tool plan or process.

5. Never work in dangerous areas

Make sure your work area is safe. Visually inspect your work area before commencing with work.

  • Don’t work under crane loads
  • Don’t work where there is unsafe railing
  • Only work in elevated spaces when you have a safety harness attached correctly to a secure point.
  • Do not enter unsupported structures.

6. Safety signs and proceedures

Ensure that you familiarize yourself with safety precautions and drills, such as fire drills etc. If you do not know what a certain safety sign means ask those who do. Ensure that you follow ALL safety signs and regulations at all times. Safety signs and regulations are there for a reason;- To keep you safe.

7. Keep your workspace clean

Make sure to inspect and clean your workspace regularly. Clearing obstructions or anything that may be a danger in any way. Do not work with extension cords, tools and materials laying on the floor. Before getting to work ensure your work area is clean and tidy before commencing with work.

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8. Lead by example

Lead by example and be responsible. Show others at the work place that being responsible and putting your safety and that of others is needed in a workspace.

9. Don't work without an induction

Construction sites are diverse and no two sites are exactly the same. Do not get to work unless you have been shown what is happening and where safety hazards may be. Inductions are legally required before you can commence with work.

10. Wear your PPE at all times

Ensure that you wear your PPE at all times. Personal protective equipment is there to keep you safe from injuries. The construction industry has been proven to be dangerous. Ensuring you wear your PPE limits you from the dangers involved. Following safety guides allows you to further limit dangers at the work place. It is important to understand why PPE is a must

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11. Communicate

Effective communication in a construction environment is a must. Ensure that you communicate with your supervisors regularly. Updating them on progress and all the stages of the job. Once a shift changes be sure to communicate your progress and potential safety hazards with the next shift.

12. Report your workspace setting

When the next shift takes over ensure that you report to the next shift or supervisors. Reporting what tools are being used, what equipment is running and what equipment is needed before the next shift starts. This can assist with keeping the next shift safe.

For example if machinery is  plugged in and not turned off and the next shift is unaware, this could lead to unsafe conditions. Make sure whoever steps into your work area knows what is happening and what to look out for.

13. Be aware of your surroundings

Always ensure that you are aware of your surroundings. When working alongside heavy equipment for example ensure that you are constantly aware of your surroundings.

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14. Know your tools

Do not pick up or try to use a tool that you have no knowledge or experience of. Before using new tools you need to know how to operate the tool. Knowing how to hold and use a tool is essential in keeping yourself and others safe.

15. Refrain from horse play

Not taking the work environment seriously can have serious complications. Pranks and jokes should strictly be prohibited in any construction workspace Here are 4 ways to prevent horseplay in a workspace

16. Do not operate machinery without the correct licensing and training

Do not get into a vehicle or operate a machine without the correct licensing and training. You will be putting yourself and others in danger and will be held accountable by the company for any damages, loss or injury resulting of an unlicensed operator or driver operating a vehicle or machinery.

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17. Do not operate machinery without the correct licensing and training

Do not get into a vehicle or operate a machine without the correct licensing and training. You will be putting yourself and others in danger and will be held accountable by the company for any damages, loss or injury resulting of an unlicensed operator or driver operating a vehicle or machinery.

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