Slips, Trips, and Falls
On our construction sites, the safety of our crews is number 1. In our industry, there are many moving parts that on jobs so it is important to know all risk and dangers present. Preventing slips, trips and falls can be challenging, but when right measures are taken we can help insure the safety of our team!
How To Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls
Wear the Right Footwear
Using proper footwear is one of the most effective ways of preventing slips, trips, and falls onsite. When it comes to work boots, stick to ones with slip-resistant soles as these offer the best traction on smooth or uneven surfaces. Adding solid non-slip sole inserts to your regular boots can also make a big difference. These inserts add a layer of durability and grip to your work boots, adding extra protection against slips and falls. For toe protection from crushing injuries, workers should wear steel-toe or composite-toe construction boots.
Keep Walking Areas Clear
Similarly, you want to keep your work area clear of debris on the ground, gravel, loose materials, and anything else that could cause someone to step wrong. Debris can be especially dangerous if it includes nails or other sharp objects. You may need to allocate time to cleaning up messy walking areas throughout the day. Rebar, tools, and other items should be kept away from the work area to avoid a trip.
Keep an Eye on Cords
Some trips and falls are the result of loose power cords, cables, or similar material. You can prevent these injuries by marking these areas with caution tape or similar methods so that they stay out of your team’s way.
Lastly, the best way to prevent onsite accidents is by ensuring that all workers have an in-depth understanding of safe work procedures. This includes knowing how to spot potential hazards and what precautions they should take when working near slippery or hazardous areas. It includes our value- Do The Right Thing Always. This means stopping work to move dangerous hazards that might injure you or a co-worker.
Wishing all of our crews a safe construction season!