Every house, building, and infrastructure that we see wouldn’t exist at all beyond an architect or engineer’s blueprint without construction workers, who toil under varying outside weather conditions so that structures are built soundly so people can use them and be confident of their safety. Because of the construction industry’s high-risk nature, workplace safety measures like the ones listed below are often put into place by on-site supervisors to help you remain safe from any on-the-job construction accidents that can cost both your life and limbs.
- Wear the necessary safety gear before working on your construction tasks for the day.
Part of the workplace safety measures that your on-site supervisor may have put into place to protect you and the rest of your labor crew from getting caught in a construction accident is for all of you to deck yourselves out in the safety gear your employer issued you. The usual arsenal of safety gear that construction workers like you have to wear while on the job at all times includes but isn’t limited to the following:
- Hard hat
- Thick safety goggles
- Safety harness
- Slip-resistant boots
- Heavy duty gloves
- Air filter mask
- Wrap up all your construction tasks before nighttime approaches.
Have you ever noticed that most construction work happens in the daytime? That’s because construction workers like you can more easily see what you’re all doing on-site when there’s natural light available, unlike at night when visibility is reduced, which then increases your chances of getting involved in a work-related accident.
- Thus, you should ideally stop doing your construction tasks for the day come nightfall. After all, your life doesn’t revolve around construction work alone.
- But in case you’ve been asked by your on-site supervisor to report to work at night, most especially if you and the rest of your crew have to meet a structure’s target completion date, you should keep all night work to a bare minimum or do them in areas where your safety is guaranteed.
- Eat, hydrate yourself, and rest at regular intervals.
Construction work is one of the most physically demanding jobs that anyone would ever get to experience after applying to be part of a labor crew.
- As much as you might want to get most of your construction tasks done for the day, you don’t want to overdo it to the point where you aren’t using your sanctioned breaks and forcing yourself to work even if you’re hungry, thirsty, or exhausted.
- Trying to get through a day’s worth of construction work without allowing yourself to take a food or water break or even a brief period of doing nothing now and then can negatively affect your safety on the job.
- Thus, you should take full advantage of your on-site break periods by eating healthy food, drinking enough water, and taking a rest.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 900 American workers died after getting involved in construction accidents in 2016. While it’s public knowledge that construction work itself is high-risk, gunning for zero accidents should always be a priority. You don’t need your on-site supervisor to tell you how to accomplish the said goal once you’ve followed the above-listed safety tips that aim to help workers like you stay safe from construction accidents. But, in case you are still involved in such an accident on the job, you should seek medical attention immediately, and contact a lawyer as soon as possible so that you can be justly compensated for any work-related injuries that you’ve sustained.