Construction Site Safety Dos and Don’ts

If you are involved in a construction project, chances are that you will be required to make frequent site visits, sometimes with little notice. You should be aware that there are strict requirements for what to wear, and what safety equipment is needed when you are walking a construction site. It’s a good idea to keep certain items on-hand so that you can walk on-site at a moment’s notice. Here are some general guidelines to follow to be sure that you follow safety procedures on a construction site.

 

Needed Safety Equipment:

  • Hardhat
  • High visibility vest
  • Safety glasses
    • These should be certified safety glasses, not regular sunglasses or regular corrective vision eyeglasses.
  • Hard sole/closed toe shoes
    • No dress shoes, sandals or sneakers
    • Work boots are ideal

 

Construction Site Safety Dos and Don’ts:

  • DO listen to the foreman and whoever is guiding you through the site. Wandering off to take photos or see other areas of construction can be dangerous. Stay close to your guide.
  • DO watch where you’re going. Stay focused on what’s in front of you and keep your eyes on the step ahead of you at all times so as to avoid tripping or stepping on something dangerous. As a rule, construction sites are meant to be kept clean, but debris is an inevitable by-product of construction.
  • Don’t climb on anything that isn’t a fully constructed stair. Your foreman will tell you what is safe to step on, so make sure you’re listening!
  • Don’t touch any tools. Construction tools are meant to be operated by professionals. Handling tools without care can end up with someone getting hurt and filing a workman’s compensation claim.

 

Suggested Dress:

  • Pants are always your best option. Dresses, skirts or shorts leave you more exposed and leave more opportunity for clothing to catch on anything. Your construction site may have stairwells that are under construction or open stairwells that are easier to navigate in pants.
Katie Boova
Katie Boova is Marketing Manager at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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