Working in construction means you face a higher risk of injury than workers in other industries. For example, you might work at heights, near heavy machinery and have consistent exposure to harsh elements.
Staying safe while you work is a team effort involving you and your employer. Taking responsibility for your behavior at work can optimize your safety and improve your productivity.
Construction companies must meet federal guidelines in making sure their workers have adequate protective gear. However, it is up to you if you chose to comply and wear it religiously. Depending on who you work for, you might receive a citation if you ignore company policies. However, if your employer takes a more lax approach, you might get away without wearing your PPE which can jeopardize your safety.
Always wear adequate safety gear for your job. This may include a helmet, steel-toe work boots, gloves, eye protection, a harness and a bright orange vest among other items. Additionally, participate in the safety training and initiatives your employer provides. If you have questions or concerns, vocalize your feelings to a responsible party and advocate for your rights and safety.
Make sure you know the risks you face each day so you can actively take measures to protect yourself. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls continue to remain the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. Make it your goal to educate yourself. Share what you learn with the people you work with. Provide ideas for improvements on job sites. Collaborate with your employer to make each job a safer one.
Construction injuries are often serious and require long-term medical attention. Protecting yourself requires you to actively commit to complying with safety protocols even when they might seem unnecessary.