Avoiding Construction Site Accidents

Avoiding Construction Site Accidents | AICA Lithia SpringsThe construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the U.S. job market. However, almost all of the accidents that occur on the job at a construction site are preventable.

Some of the easiest ways to avoid potential accidents are outlined below. By following these tips you can avoid a trip to a Lithia Springs chiropractor.

Other People

When using construction equipment, other people can also be hazardous. It is important to scope out an area where you’ll be working to ensure that there are no other people in the area. You can utilize the horn on your equipment to warn others to stay out of the way. Ensure that you check behind your equipment before backing up, and enlist the help of your construction site foreman in order to ensure that people stay out of the way of dangerous machinery.

Equipment

Machine operators often experience work related injuries when getting on and off equipment. When doing this, be sure that you are using gripped gloves, your shoes are not muddy, and that you are taking advantage of any available hand rails. Don’t jump off the equipment or ever use equipment for any purpose other than for which it is intended.

Swinging equipment is especially dangerous. When using this type of equipment, it is important that you know the radius of the swing. To prevent injuries, consider roping off the area in which the equipment will move. Another worker can serve as a type of look out in order to ensure that no one enters the area.

Safety Gear

Be sure to always use the proper gear or equipment for the specific type of work that you will be doing. In most cases you will be required to wear nonslip gloves, steel-toed boots, and a hard hat for protection.

Water

Slip and fall accidents are common on a construction site. In order to avoid these catastrophes, always clean up spills and be on the lookout for puddles and other water hazards.

Electrical

In the event that you are working on a site that has working electricity, you should be especially careful. Ensure that the site’s electrical supply has been shut off before doing any work. Ensure that extension cords are properly secured and that outlets have been properly turned off.

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