Did you know that June is National Safety Month? We think that every month should be safety month, but it is nice to have a dedicated amount of time to focus on what everyone could be doing better to protect themselves and their employees on the job.
Here are some of our top construction site safety tips for construction workers and others who work in and around construction sites.
- Always wear appropriate safety gear. That means hard hats should be worn by anyone in or around a construction site. Additionally, people in construction should wear safety goggles, construction quality boots, and gloves and masks when appropriate.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially while using heavy equipment. Be aware of and rope off the swing radius around your equipment, and use a spotter.
- Survey the area and use a spotter when backing. Use wide angle mirrors.
- When using equipment, get on and off it with extreme care. Slips and falls are some of the top causes of workplace injury, and are also some of the easiest to prevent. Always check for mud or other slippery substances, and use all available hand and foot holds.
- Be aware of buried obstructions. Before digging, call an agency like Dig Safe to determine if there are any dangerous materials beneath the dig site.
National Safety Month is the National Safety Council’s way of reminding businesses to reexamine safety precautions and to remind employees that their safety is always the first priority. A major part of the observance of National Safety Month is educating employers and employees about the leading causes of workplace injuries and deaths.
It is important for all employees to be regularly refreshed on the necessity of workplace safety, even—and perhaps especially—the seasoned employee who has been on the job for years. In some cases, new workers might be hyper-aware of safety guidelines, while older, more experienced workers have had the time to become overly confident or apathetic about what could happen. This could be a completely subconscious development, so all employees should be given refresher courses about workplace safety at least once a year. For more information, please visit the National Safety Council online.