Recently, we shared some of the benefits and skills of construction. As a tradesman, you need a well-rounded skill set that includes attention to detail, math proficiency, mechanical skills, physical strength, and stamina.
However, you will also need a proper understanding of the industry’s hazards and knowledge about safety measures.
Construction hazards are many, including –
- Mis-fired nail guns
- Power tool malfunctions
- Lowing hanging or falling beams
- Exposed electrical wires
- Hearing loss from loud machinery
- Molds, fungi, bacteria from old structures
- Chemicals and solvents from materials
- Wood dust — some can cause cancer and respiratory problems
- Limb entanglement in machinery
- Flammable dust and materials
- Bodily injury from lifting and working in awkward positions
- Eye injury from flying particles
- Falls from high places
- Extreme temperatures when outdoors
As you can see, there’s a lot of reasons to be on the lookout! Fortunately, you can prevent injuries and mishaps by practicing good safety habits. (Hint: Most of these are just common sense.)
Construction Safety Habits
It may seem obvious, but many injuries occur because a worker was not correctly wearing the proper personal protective equipment. Remember, it only takes a moment for something to go wrong. Construction PPE includes things like the following:
- Hard hats
- Safety glasses
- Hearing protection
- Masks or respirators
- Protective footwear
- Proper clothing (to protect you from severe weather elements)
Handle With Care
Tools, especially power tools, are fantastic for getting the job done. But they’re also dangerous if not handled properly. Keep all of your devices in good working condition by checking them often — use them appropriately, keep them clean and well-maintained.
- Store tools in a clean, dry environment.
- Never carry tools by their cord.
- Make all adjustments before attaching the tool to a power supply.
- Use your safety guards.
- Keep cords away from heat and oil.
- Disconnect tools from the power supply when not using them.
- Keep sound footing and balance while using — allow for the kickback.
- Avoid contact with moving parts and blades.
Be a responsible tradesman by having the following mindset:
- Stay away from substance abuse — it really can affect your work habits.
- Ask for help when needed (always better safe than sorry).
- Learn safe lifting techniques.
- Stay focused and on task.
- Know building codes and regulations forward and backward.
- Make a personal commitment to safety.
- Take a break if you’re overwhelmed.
- Think about what you’re doing — be aware of the tools you carry and the materials around you.
As we said, many safety habits are common sense. Here are a few more general practices.
- Be knowledgeable about the products you’re working with.
- Don’t wear loose clothing.
- Install and maintain proper ventilation.
- Keep the work areas clean of wood dust.
- Use a brush to clean any blades.
At Gillmann Services, safety is our top priority! Focusing on commercial, industrial, mining, manufacturing, and marine construction, we’re dedicated to supplying quality talent to our customers. “We Work for You” is our motto, and our pledge to every client and employee. Contact us today.