Construction Safety- Safe Practices 2


Physical health and safety:
• Report to work rested and physically fit to perform your job.
• Intoxicants and illicit drugs are not permitted – cause for disciplinary action.
• Bend your knees, and keep your back nearly straight when lifting. Leg muscles, not your back, should do the work.
• Get help with heavy or bulky materials to avoid dropping load or getting thrown off-balance.

Personal protective equipment and proper clothing:
• Wear clothing suitable for the weather and your work. Torn or loose clothing, cuffs, or neckwear can be hazardous.
• Jewelry (rings, bracelets, neck chains, etc.) should not be worn.
• Special safety equipment is provided for your protection. Use when required. Keep in good condition, and report loss or damage immediately.
• Wear approved safety footwear suitable for your trade.
• Use gloves, aprons or other suitable skin protection when handling rough materials, chemicals, hot or cold objects. Replace if worn.

Fire safety:
• Locate gas, power and water sources before starting work. Contact utility companies.
• “No Smoking” signs stand guard near fire dangers. Obey them – always!
• Know location and use of fire extinguishing equipment and how to give fire alarm.
• Flammable liquid containers should be clearly labeled and stored in a protected, separate area.
• Flammable liquids should be used only in small amounts and kept in approved metal safety cans.
• Do not refuel a hot or running engine. Clean up spills before starting.

Site safety:
• Do not block aisles, traffic lanes or fire exits.
• Have safe access to work areas.
• Avoid shortcuts – use ramps, stairs, walkways, ladders, etc.
• Properly brace or shore up excavation side wall if not sloped.
• Place excavation spoils far enough away to avoid load strain on walls. Remove surface rocks that may fall in.
• Do not permit vehicles close to edge of cut.

Work as a team:
• Have just one person give commands when team lifting big loads.
• Rely on your team’s knowledge and experience if you do not understand any rule or work operation.
• Work with care and good judgment at all times to avoid accidents – whether or not a specific rule exists.

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