Protecting Yourself Against Dangerous Construction Tools
The year 2014 promises to be a lucrative year for Calcasieu Parish construction. It is slated to have over $19 billion worth of construction projects and 1,500 new construction jobs for Sasol, Georgia Gulf, and Westlake Group starting this year. However, along with this increase of jobs, comes an inherent need for an increase of construction tool safety.
Construction tool malfunctions, accidents, and carelessness account for over 80 percent of construction injuries and fatalities. With the proper training, precautions, and safety tools, this percentage can—and should be—drastically reduced in the future.
Equipment Safety Precautions
All power tools and construction equipment have their own safety guidelines and instructions for use; however, basic precautions can and should be used universally to help raise awareness and provide you with some comfort when working with, in, and around dangerous tools and construction sites. Here are a few critical safety guidelines:
- Always make sure tools are in good working order and you’re correctly using the right tool for the job.
- Wear and use proper safety equipment—including gloves, safety goggles, work boots, and guards—while refraining from wearing loose jewelry and clothing.
- Make sure you and any bystanders are standing at a safe distance from the tool.
- Never carry a power tool by the cord.
- Disconnect tools when not in use, before servicing, and when changing accessories.
- Avoid accidental starting. Don’t hold the on-switch while carrying a plugged-in tool.
- Stay alert and cautious of your surroundings; if you witness dangerous activities or unsafe techniques–speak up. Other people’s safety is just as important as your own.
Don’t allow carelessness to affect the rest of your life. Pay attention to safety rules and guidelines to help decrease the growing number of tragic construction injuries and accidental deaths. You and your coworkers should be able to do your job safely without the fear of amputating a limb, getting a concussion, or losing your life.
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