Accident Prevention Safety

Accident Prevention

As a construction worker you are part of a team of skilled professional craft workers, and accident prevention is part of your job. It takes everyone’s effort to keep a jobsite safe. There are many things you can do to help prevent accidents. Come to work fully rested; wear proper clothing and sturdy footwear; jewelry, watches and rings must be left at home. Use the correct personal protective equipment when the task requires it, and keep this safety gear in good condition and replace it as necessary. Damaged or lost equipment should be reported to your supervisor. Keep your work area clean and neat. Don’t let your housekeeping get out of hand.

Follow the warnings written on labels. Observe signs, regulations and procedures; ask your supervisor about anything you don’t understand. Never bypass safety valves or devices. Follow lock out – tag out practices where required to do so. Remove protruding nails or bend them over. Wipe up spills of oil, water, or grease. Keep walkways, aisles, traffic lanes and fire exits clear of debris and other materials. When working in new areas of the jobsite take a few minutes to look around to locate obvious hazards. Don’t leave any floor openings unprotected. Cover floor holes securely or guard with standard guardrails. Make sure you have the right type and size of ladder. Climb it facing the rungs and be sure your hands are free to hold onto the ladder.

Check your electrical tools prior to use. Whenever possible plug into electrical outlets that are protected with GFCI’S. Do not use tools with split, broken, or loose handles. Watch out for overhead power lines. Store flammable liquids only in approved Labeled containers and in an approved cabinet. Shut off engines and let them cool down prior to refueling; and never smoke around flammables. Report any accidents to your supervisor. If you get injured get proper first aid and seek medical assistance if necessary. Keep your mind on your work. Drugs and alcohol don’t have a place on the job. Horseplay and practical jokes cause accidents so keep them off the job. Practice accident prevention. Try your best to follow these guidelines and all of us will have a safer place to work.