4 Key Items on a Safety Check List
Written By Tyler Jones

Let’s pause for a moment and assess your organizations’ efforts to make sure our workers and workplaces are as safe as possible. It’s Construction Safety Week!
Construction Safety Week!

Each day this week, take a few minutes to review key safety practices that can save lives and limbs.

  1. Gear
    • Are your workers wearing the proper gear for your worksite, whether it’s a job site or fab shop? Make sure people wear eye protection, hearing protection, gloves, and other appropriate safety equipment. That goes from the top of the head (hard hats) to your feet (steel tipped boots). When required, make sure your team members are wearing high-visibility clothing–neon vests or shirts–to increase awareness of their locations.
  2. Equipment
    • The tools and equipment workers use can be a great asset, or they can cause a lot of damage. Ensure that the workers operating the equipment are trained in the proper use of it–but more importantly, that they follow their safety training. Ensure that the tools and equipment are in proper working conditions: cutting tools have sharp blades; mechanical equipment have had proper maintenance on their motors; placement of these machines are on safe, solid ground, etc. Machines with dull blades or worn belts can cause more damage than a properly operating one; make sure your equipment is properly maintained and in good working order. Take care to store and secure your tools and equipment properly so they are not exposed to possibly damaging weather, theft or vandalism.
  3. Practices
    • Does your worksite have properly outlined “safety areas” where people must wear protective gear? Are your workers taking shortcuts in their operations that can cause undue risks? Do they review safety practices before undertaking new phases of the project? Enforcing proper safety practices on the job may seem like a naggingly mundane activity, but it saves lives and limbs. Yes, you can sound like an overly protective parent when you point out minor violations of safety protocols, but those minor violations can lead to major injury when they go bad.
  4. Facilities
    • Perhaps the biggest undertaking but the one with the biggest upside is an evaluation of the safety practices of your workplace whether it’s an office, a fab shop or a job site. Clean your worksite to rid it of loose debris and clutter. Make sure instructions and guidelines are posted in a clear, understandable and readable manner–from copiers to construction cranes. Have the names of certified equipment repair people on hand for emergencies so repair and maintenance get done correctly, not by someone just wanting to help. Review, with your team, how to handle an emergency like a fire or extreme weather. Clear pathways to emergency exits which should be clearly labeled, well-lit and unobstructed.

Too many times, proper safety practices are neglected until something disastrous happens. Take this week to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect yourself, your workers and your project. Let an expert help you increase productivity and in turn, safety, at your site today.

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