Top 5 Health and Safety Tips for Construction Workers
28th January 2016
Safety on a construction site is essential for having a happy and efficient workforce. Due to the nature of the construction industry, working on a busy site can come with a few risks that some people overlook.
Safety knowledge can eliminate risks. At Bromak, we’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the five most beneficial tips for you to keep as safe, healthy and happy as possible when working on site.
1. Always wear the appropriate PPE
As a minimum, the legislation says hardhats, safety boots and high visibility clothing should always be considered. Additional pieces of PPE such as respiratory masks, safety goggles, high-grip gloves or noise cancellation ear-muffs should always be used when the task you’re completing requires them. Using the correct PPE will be the most reliable way to protect yourself from most hazards, so remember to use the equipment to its full potential.
2. Keep work areas neat and tidy
By this we don’t mean keep everything spotless, after all, construction is messy. If workers make sure tools and equipment are put away properly when not being used, the risk of people tripping or falling will be reduced. You should be extra careful about this when working in high-risk areas.
3. Report issues as soon as possible
If at any point you notice any problems or issues, report it to your supervisor immediately, the last thing you should do is ignore it! Workers should let site supervisors and managers aware of any issues as quickly as possible. This will mean workers can avoid any potential injuries.
4. Stay well-fed
The human body works in strange ways. When a person is hungry, it affects the mind and body significantly. Problem-solving becomes harder, concentration begins to decline, and it takes a lot less for someone to lose their temper. These attributes are less than ideal for anyone working in construction. The solution to this problem is simple, keep yourself well-nourished. Concentration is essential when working on a construction site, so don’t let a skipped meal be your downfall.
5. Keep yourself qualified
Having the right training and qualifications for working on a construction site is crucial for your own and everyone else’s safety. Make note of when any of your qualifications expire so you can be sure to renew them on time. Gaining and maintaining the right training and qualifications for the job will help towards ensuring everyone on site is as safe as possible. If you need to update your certificates or are interested in gaining additional qualifications visit the 3B Training website.