Recently, a 50-year-old man died in a construction accident. The man got trapped between two vehicles and eventually died of blunt force trauma. When working at a construction zone or another work location where dangerous equipment is prevalent, workplace safety should be a high priority. Luckily, there are several things you can do make your work environment safer for you as well as others.
- Be aware of your surroundings while at work. If someone is using construction equipment near you, get out the way. Be aware of unstable materials, particularly if they could fall on you or someone else, causing injuries.
- Wear your hard hat all times. Goggles, gloves, steel-toed boots, and other safety gear may also be important, depending upon the job. Do not get lazy about using this safety gear. Just because an accident has not happened does not mean it will not happen.
- Only use equipment after you have been properly trained. Do not be afraid to ask questions if training instructions were incomplete or unclear.
- When using construction equipment, check it before every use. If there is anything wrong with it, do not use the equipment.
- Be sure to watch for others and warn them when you are using heavy equipment, such as backhoes or bulldozers.
- Report unsafe work conditions, such as faulty equipment, unstable materials, or coworkers who are engaging in unsafe work conditions, to a supervisor right away.
- You may want to discuss the unsafe actions of the coworker with the coworker before reporting the person to a supervisor or manager. Maybe the person was not properly trained, or the person just needs a safety reminder. Do not feel like a tattletale, though letting someone in charge know about the person’s actions, particularly if the issue persists.