Although essential, construction is one of the most dangerous industries. Even the safest construction sites can be inherently hazardous at certain stages of development.
There are a few ways you can protect yourself from some of the more common construction site injuries.
From unfinished floors to ladders, falls are quite common at construction sites and can lead to serious injury. If you use ladders or scaffolding, ensure that it is secure and stable before use. Do not rush your movements. You can also tie yourself to stable beams if you are working high up just in case you slip.
Helmets can protect you from both falls and falling debris. There are many moving parts during construction, so wearing a helmet can protect you from getting injured on site.
Your eyes are one of the most vulnerable parts of your body. Opt to wear goggles and face shields, especially if you are woodworking, metalworking or using small construction equipment.
Construction often results in various airborne debris, such as sawdust or chemicals. Over time, could cause serious problems in your body. In fact, the U.S. Beaurea of Labor Statistics reported that most occupational fatalities in New York City were a result of exposure to dangerous materials. Wear the appropriate masks, guards and other personal protective equipment to prevent internal damage.
Never operate equipment you are not trained to use. Each piece of equipment on a construction site, especially heavy machinery, should have a standard operating procedure for you to reference. Even if you have a lot of experience with a certain piece of equipment, the SOP can ensure you are not complacent.
Exercising caution and remaining aware of your surroundings on a construction site can help prevent injuries.