One of the most hazardous and accident-prone working environments is a construction site. On a daily basis you may be exposed to excessive dangers, specific to construction sites, which could result in an injury or even death.
When on job sites:
- Always check in with your job site supervisor or equipment operators to let them know you’re onsite.
- Watch out for the excavation and trenching activities as they have been considered as the most hazardous site operations. Don’t climb down into the trench until the banks have been sloped back, the trench box and ladders are put into place.
- Always wear high visibility clothing and other PPE to assist with operators seeing you. When taking soil density tests, have a “spotter” along with you or drive your vehicle to the testing area.
- Falls from high places, such as scaffolding, ladders, and roofs, comprise of more than 50% of work incidents and are the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities on construction sites. When working from heights make sure you wear the appropriate PPEs, follow the rules and regulations, and inspect the tools and equipment you’re using.
There are many more dangers around us but you can help yourself by always being aware of your surroundings. If you see a potential hazard, take the initiative to eliminate or correct the danger so no one gets hurt.
Unfortunately, “dangers” don’t exist just on the job. Injuries can happen anywhere — when you’re driving, when you’re working around your home, when you’re enjoying the outdoors. You must continually be aware of your surroundings
For more information on our commitment to workplace safety please visit our website. For further information on National Safety Month and what you can do to promote safety in your home and workplace, visit the National Safety Council website.