With a huge market share of 10%, the United States is the second largest construction market worldwide. That doesn’t even encompass the other massive industries surrounding the construction industry, including portable light tower and scaffolding manufacturers.
The work involved in construction can be rewarding and lucrative, but it can also be very dangerous. Check out these safety tips when it comes to construction work:
Good Lighting is Key
It is essential that all areas of your construction site are well lit, especially if the site is active in the evening or nighttime. Refer to OSHA’s three levels of illumination, classed on the basis of construction light bulb wattage and the accuracy needed to get a project done. But no matter what type of project you are working on, you should be able to see what you are doing and your surroundings. Consider LED solar towers. They can have a useful life of up to 25,000 hours, and are six-seven times more effective than conventional incandescent bulbs.
No matter how much experience you have, it might be a good idea to review proper protocols, how to use different kinds of tools, and construction lights and machines. Take particular note of the type of project you are working on. This goes triple when using any type of new machinery — preventable accidents happen to people who are misinformed about a certain protocol. Don’t let hubris get the best of you.
Wear Protective Gear
For many, this might go without saying, and most employers would require their workers to wear the appropriate gear at all times, but it is extremely important that all aspects of protective gear are available and utilized. That includes the proper clothing to protect against certain elements, especially when working in less than ideal conditions.
From temporary construction lighting to adequate hard hats, there are many things that can make a construction site much safer. Construction workers understand the risks that they are subject to in their line of work, and tend to stay safe through their own efforts, but even the most seasoned workers could use a reminder of the proper safety measures sometimes.