Construction Safety – Safe Practices 4


Safety awareness of your work environment and surroundings:

  • When entering an unfamiliar work area, familiarize yourself with any required safety precautions.
  • Be sure your footing is well supported before stepping. Watch out for overhanging planks, slippery spots, loose objects, etc.
  • Be aware of work going on around you. Keep clear of suspended loads, traffic areas, etc.
  • Always have enough light on stairs, aisles, basements, work areas, etc.
  • Place barricades and signs to warn of traffic, overhead dangers, etc. Have warning lights, flagman or watchman, if necessary.
  • Place fencing or barricades at excavations, floor openings.
  • Do not ride on vehicles or mobile equipment unless specifically authorized.
  • Always be seated when riding in authorized vehicles (unless the vehicle is designed for standing).


Make general housekeeping a part of the job:

  • Keep materials orderly.
  • Shavings, dust, scraps, oil or grease must not accumulate.
  • Prevent piles from falling or shifting (tie down or support, if necessary).
  • Refuse piles must be removed as soon as possible.


Personal protective equipment:

  • Hard hats must be worn in all areas indicated (visitors included).
  • Wear proper eye protection if exposed to flying objects, dust, fumes, vapors, hot splashing metal, harmful rays, and chemicals.
  • Wear proper respiratory equipment when spray painting, burning, or at any other time when you are exposed to dust or other toxic hazards.

In the event of an accident:

  • Report any injuries immediately. Even small cuts can develop serious infections.
  • Report any unsafe conditions or equipment to your supervisor.


Safety attitude at all times:

  • No “horseplay” and roughhousing at any time. Practical jokes can result in painful injuries.
  • Always…..keep your mind on your job and temper under control!

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