Six Ways To Reduce Your Chances Of Injury On A Worksite
Working on a building site can be highly rewarding work and it’s something that many people enjoy. You’re not stuck in an office which right away will be a huge bonus for many of us. Then on top of that you have the sheer delight of getting to create something, and furthermore you will be able to get fresh air and exercise helping you to stay healthy, young and active for much longer.
But there are downsides of working in such an environment too, and one of the most pronounced of these is the fact that it can lead to injury and that this is much more likely than it would be if you worked somewhere where you’d be sitting down just typing all day.
There are many ways your organization can help you to avoid injury and look after your safety and by ensuring the environment is well maintained and that the equipment is in good working order they should be able to avoid accidents. However that’s not to say that there aren’t also things you can do yourself to stay safe, and it’s not to say that looking after your own wellbeing is not your responsibility as well. Here we will look at a few quick tips you can put into action right now that will help you avoid an accident.
Always Wear Your Safety Equipment
You will have been issued a certain amount of safety equipment by your employers hopefully, but this equipment is only any use I you actually use it. If you have a hard hat then – make sure it’s on your head. Likewise, if you have any other safety equipment such as gloves or visors, then make sure you wear it at all times.
Protecting yourself with equipment is one thing, but it’s better if the accident doesn’t happen in the first place. To this end it’s important to stay alert on the work site and to make sure you are operating on full power. One way to do this is to make sure you aren’t overly tired, thirsty or hungry. If you feel ill then take the day off – it’s not worth your safety.
Work in Teams
For the more dangerous tasks or those that require more brute strength, getting a partner to help you out is highly advisable. For instance, when lifting heavy materials getting someone to give you a hand can help you to avoid dropping it or putting your back out. Likewise if you’re using a jackhammer on a wall or a ceiling, then it’s highly advisable that two of you handle this rather than trying it yourself. If nothing else, having someone to hand will mean there’s somebody around to call for help if you need it.
Rushing causes us to make silly mistakes and to miss obvious things. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to finish your work, but if you do look like you’re going to run over don’t let it be a big deal.
Checklists are a very useful tool for making sure that you haven’t missed anything. You might think that you know how to operate your machinery well enough not to require instructions, but actually this is the whole point – when we are confident in how to do things we get complacent and accidents happen. By keeping a checklist and going through this every time we start a new task to make sure bolts are tightened, we have our safety equipment on etc. we can avoid missing important details that could lead to injury.
Watch What You Are Doing
Distractions are a serious hazard in any line of work, but they get more serious when you’re working with powerful tools like drills and hammers. Whenever we concentrate on more than one thing at once, we automatically dilute the amount of attention we can give to any one task and that means things are likely to go wrong. If you are hammering a nail then, or chopping wood, make sure your eyes are on that wood or on that nail. Otherwise you will risk hitting or chopping your fingers instead. If someone calls for your attention, just tell them to wait until you’ve finished.
This has been a Guukle guest post
Jack Poole is the owner of a flourishing construction business. When he is not busy working, he enjoys spending time with his family. He is concerned about the safety of his employees and everyday checks whether they are wearing all the safety gears, especially hard hats.