10 Simple Safety Tips for Working at the Jobsite

Construction is among the most dangerous industries, statistically speaking. At any given time, according to the HSE, construction work is responsible for around 74,000 cases of work-related ill-health, of which 54% are musculoskeletal disorders. If you’re working on a jobsite, it’s critical that you take your personal safety seriously.

Let’s take a look at a few ways in which you might do this.

Wear the necessary PPE

You should wear personal protective equipment that’s appropriate to the sort of work you’ll be carrying out. For most construction workers, this means wearing protective gloves and boots. For others, eyewear and masks may be appropriate.

Use tools properly

If you don’t have the training necessary to use a particular piece of equipment, then you shouldn’t be using it. Many of the tools present on a construction site can pose a risk of lethal injury – so don’t take them lightly.

 

Inspect tools before using them

If you understand how a tool operates, then you’ll be able to see whether they’re in working order before using them. If you see that the blade on a circular saw is loose, for example, then you should either correct the problem yourself, or refer it to someone else who can do it for you. In either instance, record the observation.

Do not start without an induction

When you first arrive at a jobsite, it’s a mistake to suppose that you don’t need to be formally inducted – even if you’re vastly experienced in this line of work. It may be that there are considerations and hazards of which you’re not aware.

Keep the site tidy

If a site is disordered, it will pose an increased risk of accidents. If the floor is littered with loose tools and materials, and there are cables trailing underfoot, then there’s a risk that someone may trip.

Follow Safety Signs and Procedures

It might not be obvious what purpose is served by the safety procedures you might be asked to abide by. But that doesn’t meant that they don’t serve a purpose. For example, you shouldn’t wait until something falls on your head to think about wearing a hard hat.

Practice good posture

Many of the injuries inflicted on a construction site relate to improper form. You might get away with lifting a heavy load in the wrong way for the first dozen – or even hundred – times. But eventually, the risk of doing so will tell, and you’ll injure yourself. Look after your body, and it will look after you.

Be caution and observant

If you’re able to spot a hazard and remove it, then you’ll protect not only yourself, but other people. Always be on the lookout.

Be aware of your surroundings

If you know what’s going on around you, your chance of suffering an injury will be lessened. This means checking who’s around you before you strap on ear protection and set to work with a power tool.

Communicate

Don’t assume that everyone can read your mind. Get on speaking terms with everyone you’ll be working with, and make sure that you communicate with them wherever necessary.