If your job calls for you to work on a construction site, you must take extra caution in regard to your safety and well-being. There are safety risks everywhere, and it only takes a minor accident to cause a major injury.
Here are some safety tips for working on a construction site:
- Protect against falls from height: For example, if you’re working on scaffolding, be sure that the safety rails are in place at all times.
- Watch your step: It doesn’t matter if you’re walking on solid ground or at height, construction sites are known for being full of debris that can cause a fall.
- Wear bright-colored clothing: This may not always be necessary, but there are times when it makes good sense. For example, if there are vehicles all over the site, bright-colored clothing allows you to stick out so that the driver doesn’t strike you.
- Be cautious when using power tools: There’s a power tool for almost every job, but you should only use these if you know exactly what you’re doing. Should you have any questions, consult the owner’s manual before proceeding.
- Check for defects and damage: If you’re using a tool or piece of equipment, first check it for defects and damage. For instance, if a power tool has a frayed cord, it increases the risk of electrocution.
Along with the above, don’t be shy about reporting potential problems to your supervisor and/or employer. Not only can this keep you safe, but it will do the same on behalf of your co-workers. When working on a construction site, your safety should take priority over everything else.
In the event of a construction site accident, such as a fall from height or vehicle accident, call 911 for help and to ensure that you receive immediate medical attention.
Also, report the incident to your employer as time allows, as you want to make it clear that you suffered your injury at work.
Once your health is stabilized and you better understand your legal rights, you can take steps to obtain compensation for your injuries, lost wages and related damages.