If you own or work for a construction company, you know that there is a high likelihood of being injured at least minorly during your career. There are, however, several ways to help lower that likelihood and save your company money in the long run (fewer claims equal lower insurance premiums)!
- Wear all protective gear recommended for what you are doing. Whether that be a hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, or a reflective vest; these safety measures are in place for a reason – they work!
- Avoid doing dangerous tasks when you are tired or unfocused. Make sure to have your coffee (or tea, or soda) and that you are fully focused on the job at hand.
- Follow recommendations on ladders, forklifts, scissor lifts, etc. Do not climb to the very top rung of the ladder, extend the forklift too far, or run the scissor lift too high and hang over the sides of the basket!
- Any time scaffolding is used, make sure it is designed, assembled, and inspected by a competent person. All scaffolding should be erected on solid footing and all guardrails should be in place before anyone sets foot on it.
- Identify and mark all utility lines prior to any excavation work to avoid any unnecessary damage as well as injury to the person doing the digging.
- Ensure all-electric lines are cold prior to doing any type of electrical modification.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but these are a few things to keep in mind when working in and around construction sites.