7 Safety Habits Every Construction Worker Should Develop
Construction sites are known for being a highly hazardous environment. Workers are vulnerable to high elevation falls, being struck by heavy equipment, being hit by a car during road work and much more. Construction companies are accountable for creating and implementing safety procedures and policies. However, it is crucial that construction workers also develop certain safety habits for themselves to enforce while on their job sites. When certain safety habits are implemented by the workers, the entire project site will become a safer work setting. Here are 7 helpful safety habits that all construction workers should develop…
- BE AWARE OF YOUR LIMITS.
It is important for construction workers to keep in mind their own scope of work. They should be aware of their qualifications, credentials, and what their personal limits are. Not abiding by these limits can put that particular individual in harm’s way, as well as his or her coworkers.
- DO NOT ASSUME.
Accidents and injuries are more prone to happen when workers assume certain things. For instance, if there is faulty equipment, do not assume someone else is going to take care of it. Fixing that piece of equipment could fall through the cracks and the next individual to use that machinery may get hurt or hurt others.
- AKNOWLEDGE THE POWER OF YOUR EQUIPMENT.
Do not underestimate the potential power that the equipment has! When a worker uses machinery, they have to realize how dangerous that equipment could become if they lose control. All of the pieces of equipment must be inspected constantly to ensure that it is in safe working condition.
- REMAIN ALERT.
Being aware of one’s surroundings can help alleviate the amount of accidents and injuries on a job site. Make sure to watch where the heavy machinery is, check for cars while working on the road, stay aware while using equipment, and do not be careless while using tools. Be observant of the entire work site, not just the individual task at hand.
- CHECK YOUR ATTIRE.
Make sure to always wear proper apparel and personal protective equipment (PPE). Construction vests with bright colors are recommended on sites in which there are heavy operating equipment working. Anti-slip footwear is important to have on when climbing in and out of equipment, as well as ear protection when in loud areas.
- TAKE ACTION.
Let supervisors and coworkers know when there is a hazardous situation. Try and nip them in the bud before it becomes a greater issue.
- SET A GOOD (SAFE) EXAMPLE.
Be a leader by example, do not give in to peer pressure of others and their unsafe habits. The positive habits that are set forth by one worker will be followed by others. It is as simple as wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment or noticing a harmful situation about to occur and pointing it out to correct it.
Mancil’s Tractor Service has our very own safety manager. Our safety manager conducts regular site inspections and handles all of the safety training with the new hires. She works diligently to ensure the employees follow all of the state, local and federal safety standards. Mancil’s has a remarkable safety record due to our amazing safety manager and our employees conducting these safety habits!
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