It is easy to become comfortable on the worksite. What at first
seemed dangerous will eventually become just another part of your day.
As you become more comfortable in dangerous situations, you will let
your guard down. This can lead to accidents and injuries that could have
easily been prevented. Take the time to periodically review safety
procedures with your coworkers in order to keep everyone safe while
Wear Proper Clothing
Depending on where you work, there will be certain types of clothing
you will be required to wear. Construction areas ask for specific
articles of clothing in order to keep you safe. Steel toed boots can
prevent many injuries. Sturdy work pants can add a layer of protection
to your legs and will hold up over time. T-shirts are actually preferred
in some locations because they lack buttons and zippers that can get
caught on equipment. Basically, you need to use common sense when
choosing your apparel.
Use the Right Equipment
The work site is no place to make due when it comes to tools and
equipment. You might get away with using a screwdriver as a hammer at
home, but it is a whole other ball game at work. If you don’t have the
necessary equipment, speak to your supervisor. They should be making
sure you are safe. For example, those working with the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Interventions should have reliable rigging like that provided by PRT Offshore.
Even safety items like cones and construction zone tape falls under the
category of proper equipment. If it can prevent an injury, it is worth
the time and cost.
Making sure that everyone around you can see you allows both you and
others to remain safely protected. High visibility clothing is extremely
helpful for road crews, first responders, and anyone else that works
outside or in poor lighting. These pieces are usually made from fabrics
in bright yellows. This is an easily recognizable color, even from a
distance. When high-risk clothing is combined with bright lights, safety
increases. This is especially true in areas of heavy traffic.
Taking a few moments to review safety procedures periodically and
making sure you are doing all you can to protect your self and others
will keep everyone safe. Remind yourselves to wear the proper clothing,
use the right equipment for the job, and keep yourself visible. If you
do all of these things on a daily basis, you will be able to avoid many
unnecessary accidents and injuries on the worksite.