March 16, 2020

Why Not Build Something

A magazine for construction freaks

Safety equipment for construction

We are all familiar with the fact that construction work is hazardous and employees working at the construction site are always under threat. This is because the construction site is full of risks and dangers that even one single ignorance and mishap can cause severe injury to the worker and sometimes they may even lose their life. Therefore, it is very important for employees who are working at the construction site to use safety equipment to eliminate the risk of an accident. Safety equipment is crucial for the safety of workers on the job. The use of personal protective equipment is a necessity of every worksite. First aid training must be carried out in case an accident does occur. 

Basic safety equipment 

Eyes and face safety mask 

The face and the eyes are the most sensitive part of the body, and therefore they need protection at a construction site. Most workers obtain an eye injury because of harmful gasses, particles, and objects entering their eyes, as they did not wear protective glasses while welding, cutting, nailing, grinding, and working with concrete. Along with this, construction sites have a high degree of dirt, smoke, and dangerous gases that can quickly enter your respiratory system. This can cause damage when you breathe in this polluted air. Therefore, face shields and safety glasses should be worn by workers when they are at the construction site.

Head protectors

Whether you are a construction worker or not, you still have to wear a hard hat if you are near the construction site. Even visitors or supervisors who visit the construction site for inspection must wear a hard hat during the time they spend on the site. Dangerous goods training also enforce safety measures such as protective equipment. 

Safety gloves 

Every construction worker makes constant use of their hands; hence the proper safety gear is necessary to avoid hand injuries like wounds, burns, and cuts. Therefore, a worker needs to wear protective gloves all the time to prevent their hands from injury. It is also essential to use the right type of gloves according to the nature of your task.

Safety shoes

Unfortunately, most of the accidents and deaths at construction sites occur due to slipping, falling, and tripping. This happens due to the slippery floor or unsafe scaffolds. One of the main reasons behind these types of accidents is improper footwear. Therefore, workers must wear protective footwear that has a puncture-resistant and slip-proof sole. Footwear is not the reason for accidents every time, but wearing proper footwear can surely decrease the risk of injury. 

Hearing safety 

The construction site is always very loud. Noise can cause the workers to suffer from permanent hearing loss, and therefore to protect the workers, it is essential to provide them with earmuffs or earplugs to wear at the construction site.

Signage and banners 

The signage and banners at the construction site are far more important than any other element to alert workers and ordinary people of the dangers. The signage and banners make the construction site a safe place to work. The best thing about banners and signage is everybody knows their meaning and can follow them. They help to make people aware of the dangers which is important to protect everyone from troublesome situations.  

The owner or manager should take responsibility for the safety of the staff and provide them with the proper construction safety equipment. This can help to eliminate the risk of accidents and ensure the safety and health of workers. Employees should also take precautionary measures at the construction site to keep themselves and others safe.