Whether you have recently started a construction business, or you are well established already, correct health and safety procedures are very important. Ignoring health and safety codes can get you into a lot of legal trouble and could result in large fines that will eat into your profits. Not to mention that you could seriously injure yourself or one of your employees. This article will outline some of the key things you need to focus on in order to carry out work safely, specifically safety tips for construction workers.
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) covers a range of different workwear. You should be wearing hard hats, boots and High Visibility clothing at all times when on site. However, there are plenty of other pieces of equipment you should be using in various situations. Respirators should always be worn when carrying out work that raises a lot of dust or rubble, and you might want to consider goggles to minimize the risk of debris damaging your eyes. If you are operating loud machinery, then ear protectors must be worn. If they are not, the damage won’t be instant, but over long periods your ears can deteriorate.
As a construction worker, you will be using a wide range of different equipment on different jobs. If you do not keep your machinery properly maintained then you are putting yourself at risk of injury on a daily basis. Tool that you use everyday will need to checked regularly. Equipment that you do not use as often will still need to be checked but not quite as often. You will be heavily penalized if you are found to be using equipment that has not been certified. There are plenty of companies out there that will certify your equipment for a small fee.
Follow Health and Safety Codes
It seems as though health and safety codes are never ending, and making sure you follow them all can slow things down. However, you should never skip any of these regulations. Although it may speed things up for the moment, if anybody is injured and it is discovered that you have not been following regulations, work will be halted immediately and you will be subject to huge fines. Visit ASSE.org for clear outlines on safety for general construction, as well as the equipment you may be using.
Keep a Tidy Workplace
This is a simple one but it can often be overlooked. You might be following health and safety codes to the letter, and using equipment that has been certified as safe, but there are still risks. If your workplace is untidy, there will be trip hazards or risks of spillages. If you keep on top of it, it will only take a minute or so to properly pack away tools once you are finished with them, and you can avoid any unnecessary accidents. Click here for some tips on keeping your site tidy.
Report Problems Immediately
If you see anything that you think might be unsafe, tell somebody. Even if you are worried about slowing things down, it is better to have a few days delay than it is to have a major injury on site. Dangerous buildings or structures should be reported to a local authority and all work should be halted until a surveyor has been to check their integrity.