A construction site is a place where there is a possibility of accidents happening owing to the number of people and machinery as well as the conditions that are prevalent. However, there are specific measures that you can take as a worker to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others. On the other hand, there are mistakes that you can make whether are due to simple negligence or maybe because of the lack of knowledge that you have, that can seriously compromise your safety and well-being and that of others around you as well. Here are some of the most common mistakes you can make that can put you at risk and how you can avoid them.
Not Wearing the Right Protective Gear
If you are going to be working in a field where you will constantly be working at night, at great heights off the floor, operating vehicles and heavy machinery you have to make sure that there is maximum protection that can keep you safe physically and that will come through your clothing choices. You will be given protective wear from the company that you work for but if they do not give you gear you should also know that you have the right to ask them to provide it for you or to take action because they are required to give you items such as helmets, gloves, boots, goggles and visibility enhancing fluorescent jackets and the likes. No matter what you do, do not go out there and start working without protection. All it takes is a split second during which you could actually even lose your life or stand to get permanently crippled.
Lack of Safety Mechanisms in the Work Site
In addition to you providing your own safety through gear, you should also make sure that there are safety mechanisms in place on the site. If you do not do so you will have to take the risk of that, on you. For example, there should be limit switches that can help to identify the presence, the absence or the endpoint and passing of an object. There should also be blaring lights that alert you to the positioning of vehicles and machinery on the site. There should be signs that are clearly displayed in areas where there is a possibility of objects falling on to you from above. These are some of the basic and most important safety measures that should be present in your workplace.
Not Taking Your Training and Following Protocol
You may think that nothing is going to go wrong and that you can do as you please but you also have to understand that if you do not follow safety protocols you will get hurt or hurt somebody else in the process. Take the right precautions at heights and when dealing with machinery. Learn how to operate them and always be familiar with their manuals. If there is anything that you know you have not been trained on, ask your supervisor to help you out with it.