December 06, 2017 / News
Construction sites are rife with hazards. Navigating these potential dangers and managing them, is of the utmost importance to ensure that you and everyone around you remains safe. According to the Australian Workers' Compensation Statistics report published by Safe Work Australia, from 2015 to 2016, the Construction industry accounted for the 3rd highest amount of serious worker's compensation claims. This staggering statistic highlights just how hazardous working on a construction site can be and that there are very real consequences if safety is taken lightly.
Safety is everyone's responsibility and should be top of mind as soon as you set foot on site.
Here are some of Workfast Labour Hire's top tips for staying safe on a construction site:
The old adage that 'communication is key' is true, especially when trying to stay safe on a construction site. Having open lines of communication allows management to effectively disseminate safety information to construction site workers, and enables workers to express their own safety concerns with management. Open communication empowers workers and encourages them to play an active role in maintaining their own safety, as well as the safety of others on-site.
Communicating regularly also means reporting any hazards you spot around the construction site. Early detection of potential dangers allows supervisors, or other authority figures, to deal with the situation promptly and prevent any injuries or accidents from occurring.
Make Sure You Have Full PPE
Personal Protective Equipment, more commonly known as PPE, is any item or article of clothing that is specifically designed to help minimise the risk of injury. PPE is mandatory and must be worn the entire time that you will be on-site. Basic PPE requirements, include hard hats, high visibility vests, and steel cap boots. It is important to note that depending on the construction site, or the job that is being conducted, the PPE requirements can vary. For example, a Glazier may be required to wear gloves and eye protection along with basic PPE, whereas a general labourer may just need basic PPE. To make sure that you are wearing adequate PPE, consult your site manager or relevant authority for the specific PPE requirements.
Stay Vigilant and Follow Signs & Directions
To avoid accidents and injuries, it is important that you constantly survey your surroundings and stay mindful of all the potential dangers that are present. This will help you effectively avoid these hazards and stay safe on a construction site. Also, whilst on site you will be given directions on how to conduct yourself, as well as safety signs present notifying you about what to do and what you should be wary of. These instructions should be followed at all times.
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