A Comprehensive Resource of Construction Safety Tips from Atlantic Training

Staying safe on the job site is our top priority. These great tips from Atlantic Training serve as a reminder to co-workers about staying safe at work.

  • Using Your Tools
    • Use the proper tool for the designated task
    • Frequent use of inadequate or poorly designed equipment will eventually lead to health hazards
    • Never carry or yank a tool by its cord or hose. Also be sure to keep these cords or hoses far from oil, heat, water, and sharp edges.
    • Protect your ears and eyes from intense noises and vibrations; opt for power tools with lower vibrations, muffled noises, and longer trigger tools.
    • Ensure hand tools do not conduct heat or electricity
    • Maintain good posture and balance the tools in correct alignment to your body at all times.
    • Keep other people well away from machine-operating areas.
    • Always be aware of your surroundings. Have a care for overhead lines, obstructions, low clearances, underground utilities, and other such obstacles that could prove to be a nuisance or lethal hazard.
    • Know, understand, and follow the workspace’s comprehensive safety program.
    • Don’t use damaged tools. Examine each tool before use to ensure that it is in proper working condition.
  • On the Scaffold
    • Never support scaffolds or planks on uneven surfaces or with unsteady or portable objects
    • Stay at least 10 feet away from power lines
    • Do not overload a scaffold
    • Never use a damaged or weakened scaffold.
    • Don’t leave materials or debris abandoned on a scaffold at the end of the day, or unattended at any time. Keep it as clean and clear as possible at all times.
    • Never use a scaffold in bad weather, especially if it’s covered in ice or snow.
    • Watch out for yourself, your co-workers, and anyone below.

  • Climbing Hazards: Ladders and Stairs
    • Always inspect a ladder or stairs before stepping upon it.
    • Install guardrails with toeboards, warning lines, and control line systems
    • Use body harness and safety net systems in the emergency of slipping and falling
    • Keep steps clean, clear, and dry
    • Choose a ladder that is taller than the spot that you need to reach; at least 3-4 feet above your desired location.
    • Move as you work to avoid overreach
    • Keep tools in your belt to have your hands free while climbing and descending
  • Operating Cranes and Forklifts
    • Be especially careful when boarding and descending from heavy equipment – watch the placement of your hands and feet to ensure they don’t get caught or you don’t slip.
    • Never balance or keep yourself in place by a toe-hold or a finger-hold grip. Safely engage your entire foot or hand in the process.
    • Don’t carry objects while climbing
    • Use proper gloves and footgear with excellent traction for the safest handhold.
    • Ensure that you have enough room to maneuver your vehicle or equipment. Always alert those around you about your next step or stop, should they need to get out of the way.
    • Don’t leave the machine unattended when keys are in the ignition; never allow anyone who is not trained and authorized to use the machine.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Always wear appropriate clothing and shoes respective to your job.
    • Store your tools and gear in a cool, dry place.
    • Never remove or tamper with safety devices.
    • A hard hat will protect you if there’s a risk of falling objects, as well as steel-toed boots.
    • Wear safety harnesses if you’re working from an elevated location and there’s the risk of falling.

 

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