"Watching Out for Dangers" Week Three of National Safety Month

Jun 24, 2016

One of the most hazardous and accident-prone working environments is a construction site. On a daily basis you may be exposed to excessive dangers, specific to construction sites, which could result in an injury or even death. 

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When on job sites:

  • Always check in with your job site supervisor or equipment operators to let them know you’re onsite.
  • Watch out for the excavation and trenching activities as they have been considered as the most hazardous site operations. Don’t climb down into the trench until the banks have been sloped back, the trench box and ladders are put into place.
  • Always wear high visibility clothing and other PPE to assist with operators seeing you. When taking soil density tests, have a “spotter” along with you or drive your vehicle to the testing area.
  • Falls from high places, such as scaffolding, ladders, and roofs, comprise of more than 50% of work incidents and are the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities on construction sites. When working from heights make sure you wear the appropriate PPEs, follow the rules and regulations, and inspect the tools and equipment you’re using.

Unfortunately, “dangers” don’t exist just on the job. Injuries can happen anywhere; when you’re driving, when you’re working around your home, when you’re out in a boat on a lake, etc. You must continually be aware of your surroundings.


When working in our homes:

  • One of the greatest dangers when working in your home is electricity. When working outdoors remember that powerlines and aluminum ladders don’t mix because of the electrical hazard. Hire an electrical contractor to do the work you need.
  • Just like on the job, falls are a danger in the home. Crippling injuries can occur from a fall of 6 feet or less. You should never climb to the top step of a ladder, it is recommended to go no higher than the third step from the top.
  • Don’t store clothes baskets, books, or other items on the stairs to help reduce trip and fall injuries. Secure handrails, have adequate lighting, and use safety gates if there are small children around.
  • Minimize the risk by kid-proofing or making your home a choke-free home by putting small toy(s) and their tiny parts away, lock up paint and chemicals, and shorten window cords.

There are many more dangers around us but you can help yourself by always being aware of your surroundings. If you see the hazard, take the initiative to eliminate or correct the danger so no one gets hurt. 

-          Joe Tongson, Health and Safety Director

For more information on our commitment to workplace safety please visit our website. For further information on National Safety Month and what you can do to promote safety in your home and workplace, visit the National Safety Council website.

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Category: Health and Safety

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