Copyright : Katarzyna Białasiewicz
Every morning and evening construction workers make their commute to and from the jobsite. Days are spent at great heights, moving in repetition and surrounded by heavy noise. Staying safe on the job site requires unique materials and equipment depending on your specific needs.
It’s important to utilize the following equipment while on the construction site to avoid and prevent personal injury.
Eye and face protectionVision impairment and blindness can be caused by tasks such as welding, cutting, grinding and nailing due to hazardous chemicals and flying materials.
Equipment to use: Protect yourself by wearing safety glasses and face shields when necessary.
Foot protectionInjury to the feet can occur by a variety of construction site tasks including heavy equipment, falling objects and slipping and falling.
Equipment to use: Be sure to invest in footwear that fits correctly, is resistant to punctures and has slip-resistant soles. Heavy-duty work boots will help avoid crushed toes and dangerous falls that could have serious health consequences.
Hand protectionThe construction site exposes workers to hand injuries with every task they perform. From lifting heavy objects, to working around heavy equipment and hazardous heat and chemicals, the potential for injury is high.
Equipment to use: There are different types of gloves and hand protection to use depending on the task. Welding calls for welding specific gloves, rubber gloves for concrete work and insulated gloves while working around electrical and weather hazards.
Head protectionTo potential for head injury is nowhere near low when it comes to the construction site. Between falling objects, fixed objects, heavy equipment and accidental head contact to hazardous material, there is great risk for severe head injuries with lasting consequences.
Equipment to use: Every single worker on the construction site should be wearing a hard-hat that fits correctly. Hats should be inspected routinely to be sure they are functioning properly.
Hearing protectionLastly, the amount of destructive noise present on the jobsite calls for proper ear protection to protect against hearing impairment and hearing loss.
Equipment to use: There are a variety of earplugs and earmuffs that provide proper protection depending on the task.
Proper construction site attire and safety equipment is just the beginning of worksite safety. Poor ergonomics should be corrected to make sure your body is moving the best that it can. You can find more on-site safety tips throughout our blog! For an on-site evaluation, contact us and we can join you at your place of work to make sure you are practicing correct work safety techniques.
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