How To Prevent Injuries On Construction Sites

Construction is a top industry for workplace-related injuries and deaths. The nature of construction is extremely dangerous. With the right training, equipment, and guidelines, however, a construction job can be safe. If you work in construction, it’s essential to prepare for your job and be ready for the hazards you face every day. To help you stay safe as a construction worker, here are some of the best methods for preventing injuries on construction sites.

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Wear Protective Clothing and Gear

If you work in construction, your morning routine should look a little bit different than what your friends are experiencing. Instead of worrying about how your outfit looks, you should worry about how it functions. Construction workers should always wear:

  • Gloves
  • Hardhat/helmet
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Long pants
  • Steel-toed boots
  • Earplugs

On a construction site, this gear will protect you from a variety of hazards including:

  • Falling debris
  • Heavy machinery
  • Outdoor elements
  • and more.

Many construction companies provide employees with an annual allowance to purchase appropriate gear.

construction equipment digging into the ground at a work site

Maintain Construction Equipment and Machinery

Construction vehicles, tools, machines, and other equipment should always be handled with care. Before you operate any machinery on a construction site, you should ensure that you have the right training. What’s also important is knowing how to maintain the equipment. Regular equipment maintenance usually includes:

  • Cleaning
  • Inspection
  • Minor repairs

If you don’t maintain the equipment and machinery on a construction site, its quality deteriorates — increasing the likelihood of an accident. Any construction worker who does not know how to properly maintain the equipment on their worksite should seek the appropriate training from their employer.

Follow The Safety Plan & Attend Training

Construction sites have to follow a myriad of rules and regulations to be able to continue operations. One of the most prominent requirements is creating a safety plan and holding safety training for employees. The safety plan on a construction site should be easily accessible and regularly reviewed. Furthermore, all construction sites should remind employees of such plans and workplace hazards on a daily basis. Although it might seem repetitive, having a clear understanding of dangers is imperative to employee safety.

two construction workers talking a construction site with a coworker operating a bulldozer behind them
two construction workers talking a construction site with a coworker operating a bulldozer behind them

Follow The Safety Plan & Attend Training

Construction sites have to follow a myriad of rules and regulations to be able to continue operations. One of the most prominent requirements is creating a safety plan and holding safety training for employees. The safety plan on a construction site should be easily accessible and regularly reviewed. Furthermore, all construction sites should remind employees of such plans and workplace hazards on a daily basis. Although it might seem repetitive, having a clear understanding of dangers is imperative to employee safety.

Construction zone with orange caution barrels

Remove Workplace Hazards

Before you start your day on a construction site, you should ensure that the area you work in is free of hazards. This includes random debris as well as out-of-place tools and equipment. Such hazards can get in the way of a regular workflow and create serious dangers that can harm construction workers. Every worksite should also be inspected at breaks, lunch, and at the end of the day to ensure safety.

Report Unsafe Work Conditions

All construction workers have a right to a clean and safe work site. If you’re doing your part as an employee to keep your worksite free of hazards but your employer won’t provide you with the appropriate safety gear or equipment, you should make a report. The Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration outlines what every employer is required to provide to employees and the rights that construction workers have.

a construction worker in a hard hat looking back at a building site and cranes
a construction worker in a hard hat looking back at a building site and cranes

Report Unsafe Work Conditions

All construction workers have a right to a clean and safe work site. If you’re doing your part as an employee to keep your worksite free of hazards but your employer won’t provide you with the appropriate safety gear or equipment, you should make a report. The Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration outlines what every employer is required to provide to employees and the rights that construction workers have.

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In California, The Barnes Firm is a trusted source of legal representation. Our team is made up of experienced personal injury attorneys who focus on accident cases. We are recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Lexis Nexis as top attorneys in the state. Our top priority is fighting for you and winning your case so you can return to life as you knew it before your accident.

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