Construction jobs might require you to work high off the ground, around heavy machinery and near falling debris. Mitigating injury risks requires you to make a conscious effort to stay safe.
When you understand how to lower your risks, you can actively protect your well-being. Staying safe might improve your confidence and productivity.
Safety procedures might seem excessive, or at times, unnecessary. Knowing their purpose might give you more incentive to prioritize them. Prior to starting work on a new construction project, observe safety protocols. Familiarize yourself with safety measures and accident reporting procedures.
Stay alert to hazards on the site you work at. These could include areas where you could trip, places where a crush injury could happen, spots with exposed electrical elements and areas where you might fall. According to Construction Executive magazine, high-risk construction jobs should include a disclosure that informs you of potential on-the-job hazards.
If you see something concerning, immediately report it to the appropriate party. Your timely action could save yourself or other people from a preventable injury. Follow up on any reports you file. If your employer neglects to take action, you may need to request an investigation from a third-party such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
You deserve to be as safe as possible at work even when you agree to work near hazards. Your diligence in following the rules, staying alert and contributing to a safer environment can help you avoid serious injury.