Every year, hundreds of accidents happen on construction sites that are related to construction and equipment operation. These accidents do not just involve the machine operators, but can involve people on the ground such as laborers and pedestrians as well. We strive to maintain efficient work environments that take into account the necessary safety precautions in order to avoid incidents. If you or someone you know is involved in a construction project, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Be Careful When Operating in Reverse
Going in backward motion while operating a machine is one of the most dangerous activities one can do on the construction area. While most construction sites have backup alarms, injuries can still occur if caution isn’t used.
The best way to prevent backup injuries is to climb out of the machine and look before operating in reverse.
If you cannot see clearly behind you, then ask someone to guide you.
- Load and Unload Equipment in a Safe Manner
When you are unloading or loading machine, there is always a serious danger of machine roll-over. In order to minimize that danger as much as possible, stay centered on the ramps. Also, give yourself enough room to effectively operate the machine. Furthermore, ask someone to guide you while you are loading or unloading the machine. An extra pair of eyes will help minimize the risk of machine roll-over.
For maximum concentration, clear the immediate area from nonessential people before the unloading or loading begins. Also, make sure that the construction machine is at zero-point energy. Zero-point energy is the lowest amount of energy an object can have.
Using tie-down methods in a careful manner can also help minimize the risk of injury while loading or unloading.
- Enter And Exit Equipment Safely
Climbing and getting off machines causes more injuries on construction sites than any other activity. These injuries affect truck drivers, forklift drivers, and all kinds of machine operators.
In order to avoid this type of injuries, examine your boots and gloves before climbing the machine. Secure a stable hand hold and watch for surfaces that may be slippery
For more information about safe construction or how we can complete a project on your behalf, please contact our offices in Joplin, MO today. Our team of commercial builders will look forward to partnering with you to reach your goals.