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Work Site Safety


Work Site Safety
Posted in: Tech Notes
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Jan 11, 2012 - 2:53:22 PM

When visiting or working at a construction site, you should always be aware of the safety hazards around you and what you need to do in order to protect yourself from serious harm or even an accidental death. The simplest and easiest thing to do to help stay safe in this dangerous and constantly-changing environment is to wear a hard hat. While a hard hat won't protect you from falling a long distance or from something extremely heavy falling on you, it can turn a potentially deadly situation into just a minor headache. Apart from this obvious suggestion, there are many other rules one should follow.

There are so many potential ways for a construction worker to be injured at the work site, it almost seems like there's no way to protect yourself from every danger around you. While there may be no single way to protect yourself from every possible dangerous situation, the most effective method to stay out of harm's way is to be aware of your surroundings and simply acknowledge the fact that you must be very careful while working in this type of environment. By carefully observing and keeping track of your surroundings, as well as listening for warnings or instructions, many accidents and dangerous situations can be avoided.

While many injuries and deaths that are caused in the construction industry are purely accidental, a simple case of negligence can turn something that should have been harmless into a potentially fatal situation. Things as simple as making sure stacked supplies are neat and secure could possibly save lives. Wearing a safety harness while working on high-rises, safety checks on construction equipment and machinery, and insulating all hot electrical lines are just a few ways that injuries and possible deaths can be prevented to yourself and coworkers.

Strict safety rules should be stressed at any and all work sites, simply because the construction industry is a dangerous environment. A large percentage of fatalities at work sites across the nation are in the construction industry, many of which could have been prevented if proper safety precautions had been taken. When proper safety precautions are not taken, the workers at the site are taking an unnecessary risk, and people are more likely to get seriously injured on the job. Even the smallest, simplest safety precautions can possibly save lives and prevent workers from getting injured. Saving time is never a good enough excuse for skipping safety precautions.

Most construction sites following proper safety procedures will have adequate signage posted around the site to warn of potential dangers. While these warning signs can't possibly cover every single dangerous situation at the work site, nor can they predict random hazards, workers should still pay close attention to them, as these signs may warn them of potential dangers they can't necessarily see, or indicate areas that require an increased situational awareness.

While a few dangers presented in this type of environment are unavoidable, the simplest and most effective way to stay safe while on a construction site is to be aware of the dangers around you. Pay attention to all signs, wear any necessary safety equipment, and handle any dangerous tools or equipment with respect and caution. While this method can't protect you from everything, it can keep a dangerous situation from turning into a deadly situation.


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