Because construction sites can be inherently dangerous places, construction safety tips should be regularly emphasized to both workers and contractors alike. Injuries can cost a project in many ways. First and foremost, the affected worker suffers pain and possible disability, as well as lost income. The builder assumes the potential cost of higher insurance rates and possible legal issues. The entire project must adjust to the temporary or permanent loss of an experienced worker.
While construction work will always include some hazards, all affected parties should be acquainted with construction safety tips to reduce worksite injuries.
Before Work Begins…
- Plan to perform each task swiftly and without unnecessary physical stress.
- Decide in advance where deliveries should place construction materials for easy access.
- Store as many materials as possible off the ground to minimize bending and lifting.
When Handling Heavy Construction Materials
- Never handle materials in excess of 50 pounds by yourself. Ask for help.
- Lift by bending your knees and using leg muscles to push up.
- Hold heavy objects close to your body when handling.
- Pick up heavy lumber from one end first, then walk to the center.
Lifting or Raising Construction Materials
- Where possible, use lifting tools and power equipment instead of muscle power.
- Use supports to hold materials like drywall overhead while they’re being installed. Never rest heavy weights on your head.
- Set up scaffolds or other work platforms when working at different heights.
- Ladders aren’t lifting platforms. Don’t climb ladders while carrying heavy materials or lift or reposition heavy materials while on a ladder.
- When working at levels above ground, utilize fall protection safety devices.
Performing Repetitive Tasks With Heavy Objects Like Bricks
- Raise items required for work such as mortar and blocks on a table at knee height within comfortable reach.
- Don’t twist. Instead, turn your entire body when moving from the work surface to the work table.
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