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A Guide to Construction Site Safety
The work done by construction works is important for our society, but construction workers have some of the highest rates of accidents of workers in any industry. Every year, almost one in five work place accidents were in the construction industry. However there are precautions that workers can take if they are to avoid a construction site accident.
Foremost, construction worker should protect themselves with protective gear. Signs surrounding construction site advise that hard hats should be worn at all times, and this notice should not be taken lightly. Construction workers have died from items such as hammers and even lunch boxes falling from work being done above. Even taking the hat off for a second can result in injury or death.
Workers should protect other parts of their bodies as well. While working, they should wear tough gloves to protect their hand from injuries, and they should be careful about where they place their fingers, so as not to get crushed. If working around sawdust, paint fumes or sparks, they should protect their eyes, nose, and mouth. Sawdust and particles from paint can be inhaled through the nose and mouth and cause respiratory problems, so a cloth mask should be worn. When doing work such as welding, which causes bright and heat, workers should protect their face with a welding mask and take breaks so as not to be blinded by the light.
Shoes are also important on the construction site. A strong show with a good solid steel toe can help prevent the foot from being crushed by falling objects. Workers should also be comfortable and agile enough in their shoes to walk in narrow spaces and keep their balance.
When operating heavy machinery, workers should be extra cautious. They should read the manufacturers manual and be aware of all the safety precautions and controls of the machine. They should also work in teams, calling out to each other each time the machine does something. The operator of the machine should always know the location of everyone on the site. If a crane is being used at the website, workers should make sure they are using the appropriate material for the sling lifting the object. They should also make sure the object is well secured, and under no circumstance should anyone walk under the object while it is lifted in the air. The crane operator should be aware of the cranes capability and be able to alert anyone if something goes wrong.
These and other precautions can help prevent injuries and death at construction sites.
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