Construction workers face the highest risk of death in the U.S. workplace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 900 deaths in 2015, a 4% increase from their 2014 findings. However, you shouldn’t be overly alarmed. There’s a reason that the construction industry carries some of the highest safety standards.
It is your employer’s job to keep you safe, and it’s one that good employers know how to do. You are an asset to the company, a value that they intend to protect. When you were hired, you were likely given a company manual that should include safety regulations. Keep this manual handy and review it occasionally to refresh your memory.
Wear Protective Gear
The easiest thing you can do to protect yourself while on the job is to wear your hard hat. Sometimes we get too comfortable with our routine and see safety precautions as hassles. Don’t do that. You have a family to get back to at the end of the day, and that hard hat can save your life. Falls are another source of danger, so wear non-slip shoes.
Be aware of your surroundings. Any site can be dangerous, but keep a special eye out for heavy equipment and cars. Don’t wear headphones or use your cell phone during work hours. You need to use all of your senses to assess potential dangers. If you work on the roadside, you have to be the one who is looking out for you. Drivers are often distracted and may ignore signs on the roadway. Not to mention, a vehicle accident could spill into your work area.
Trying to do a two-man job alone can get you hurt. You should never attempt to lift over sized objects alone or climb without a harness and spotter. Get help with difficult tasks,and look out for your co workers. You should always know where each other are so that accidents are less likely to occur.
What to Do if You are Hurt
You should talk to an attorney if you sustain a personal injury while at work, but first you should talk to your supervisor. Every construction company should have a reporting policy for injury, and you shouldn’t fear losing your job. See a doctor for care immediately, don’t wait. Waiting can lead to complications, and after all, your goal is to get home safe.