Construction business
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Construction business
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Top 10 Safety Tips

When everything runs smoothly, a commercial construction site can be a safe, productive environment. Still, OSHA cites thousands of safety violations every year – and even experienced construction workers can be badly injured on the job, simply by not taking the necessary precautions.

Like other general contractors, we at Leon Williams Contractors understand that site safety is one of the keys to getting a construction project done in a timely manner. Safety violations, injuries, and even deaths not only cause problems for workers and their families, but for the builders and developers involved in a project, with lots of paperwork, higher insurance premiums, and even OSHA fines.

There are 10 common construction safety tips that we like to take the time to remind ourselves of and ensure that we are implementing on every work site that we attend.

  1. Get on and off equipment safely. This means we must check gloves and boots before climbing, clear any mud, ensure we have a good grip, and not carry anything heavy with us.
  2. Load and unload equipment correctly. This entails remaining centered on a ramp, ensuring that we have a spotter and are handling the equipment as safely as possible.
  3. Clear machinery areas. It’s very important to make sure that non-essential personnel are not in the way of equipment that’s being operated. It also falls to the operator to check and make sure people are out of the way when he’s moving the machinery.
  4. Create a swing radius. This radius can be roped off to ensure everyone is out of the way when a piece of machinery is in use.
  5. Use extra caution on slopes. Each direction – up and down – is different, so it’s important for an equipment operator to know how to go up or down a slope safely, and when the slope will test the limits of the machine.
  6. Mark obstructions. Whether they are overhead or under foot, any obstacles should be clearly marked – and all crew members should use caution when going under or over them.
  7. Back up carefully. Mounted cameras and alarms will help a machine operator check for anyone in the way – and encourage other crew members to get out of the way – but the driver should always check in person before backing up equipment.
  8. Wear a seat belt. Even if the operator does everything right inside a piece of machinery, something could go wrong and cause the machine to tip. If that happens, wearing a seat belt could save the driver’s life.
  9. Don’t lift loads over people. Ensure no one is standing under an overhead load. There are just too many things that could go wrong in this scenario.
  10. Follow lock-out/tag-out provisions. Learn all safety features and manufacturer directions for any piece of equipment or machinery, and follow those provisions closely on the work site.

Some of these safety tips might seem like they should just be common sense, but by following them very closely, we’re able to prevent a lot of problems on a job site. We will continue doing so at our construction jobs around East Tennessee, and encourage anyone else involved in our industry to do so.

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