Safety is one of the number 1 rules of the job site. Taking into accountability the risks you could encounter, and analysing how you can prevent them could potentially save you a lot of unnecessary trauma and pain. In this Toolstop guide, we will talk you through the main ways to keep yourself and others safe on site.
It is inevitable that when working with electricity, sharp implements or even heights, there are risks involved. However, this is not to say that they cannot be prevented. We have listed a few of the main actions you should take to ensure a safe and risk free working environment.
Wear your PPE at all times!
It is essential that you wear the correct footwear for the jobs you're carrying out. For many trades, safety boots/shoes are mandatory and there are specific guidelines that go along with this. However, put simply, safety shoes are there to protect you from falling objects, impacts, uneven surfaces and even to maintain foot health. There are numerous different options and styles available. Many steel-toed boots can withstand up to 75 pounds of falling pressure from objects dropped from up to three yards. This could be enough to save you a foot! Wear your safety boots!
Having some sort of hi vis equipment, for instance a hi vis jacket is a necessity. It allows you to be easily seen, especially in dark areas.
You should always wear a hard hat where necessary. Hard hats are a type of helmet worn in workplaces to protect the head from flying objects, collision impact, debris, and shock among other hazards. It could potentially save your life!
If you work outdoors in a hot climate or simply in a region with high UV rays, SPF will be your best friend. Many people forget about this, however for trades such as roofing where you are constantly exposed to the sun, applying liberally and often should be your priority. Making sure you are protected can prevent you from developing life threatening conditions such as skin cancer. Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen can reduce risk of melanoma and other skin diseases by up to 50%.
An obvious, but regularly forgotten tip would be to pick up any materials, objects you are no longer using or tools that are in the way. These can create trip hazards for yourself, or others which could easily result in injury.
Keep an updated first aid kit:
Whether it be a tiny cut, or nasty gash, an up to date first aid kit should always be readily available. You never know what type of accident you could face on a construction site each day, therefore being prepared is the best option. A typical first aid kit could include things such as disinfectant, painkillers, bandages and gauze.
Dust extractors can protect you from potential harmful debris and dust particles that when inhaled regularly, could lead to respiratory illnesses. For a full in depth analysis on this, check out our blog post: https://www.toolstop.co.uk/blog/m-class-dust-extraction-why-you-need-it-and-what-it-means/
Beware of any electrical equipment. Power tools or power lines with high voltages can be fatal to construction workers. Inspecting your tools and equipment regularly will alert you of any faults. It is important that you are over cautious when using corded power tools on the job site, as these can easily be tripped over or in extreme circumstances, cut through.
Always make sure you are staying safe on the job site. Look out for others, and if you notice they are doing something wrong, help them! After all, it could be a lifesaver! Have we missed anything? Let us know if there are any other essential steps you follow on the site to keep you and your colleagues safe!