The Risks of Working in Construction and How to be Prepared

If you are now or soon going to be working in the construction world, you have to understand fully what kind of risks are involved with the job. For one thing, you’ll need to know what you’re getting yourself into, and for another, you need to take the necessary steps to keep yourself safe from such risks. Here are some of the important concerns to keep in mind, as well as some of the measures you can take to combat them.

Noise

It may not seem like a big threat, but loud or repetitive noise can seriously damage your hearing. You may not notice any damage initially, but later on, you could have significant enough hearing loss to qualify as hearing impaired. This means you will require auditory aids to carry out a normal life. Even if this is not the full extent of damage you end up with, it is also possible to simply lose your hearing in old age much faster than if you never worked in construction. Hence, you must ensure that the proper protective earplugs or earmuffs are used whenever you are on site. If your employers do not provide you with them, they are commonly found workwear online, and are easily affordable.

Dust and Dirt

Make sure you also wear a protective mask at all times, as the pollution in the air at construction sites contains harmful particles. It could be dust, toxic chemicals, or tiny particles of the materials you have to work with. Whatever the case, you must not risk allowing these to enter your respiratory system. You could end up with severe breathing problems, which will last you the rest of your life. If the extent of damage is bad enough, you might even require life threatening surgeries or transplants. Protective masks are specially designed to keep out the particles commonly found in the air at construction sites.

Falling Objects

No matter how many precautions you take, or safety procedures you follow, one of the most unavoidable incidents at these sites is falling objects. Keep your hardhat securely fastened on your head when you’re on site to prevent serious damage should you have anything fall on you. Especially if you have to wear earplugs as well, you may not hear any warnings from your coworkers. Also keep your feet protected in case you drop something by wearing construction boots, which are designed specially to prevent sharp objects piercing the shoes, or heavy objects from crushing your feet.

Corrosive or Rough Materials and Tool Use

The tools or equipment you use can potentially damage your hands. If you’re working with materials that can corrode your skin, or materials such as wood, brick, or stone, you can easily injure yourself. By wearing special gloves, you can avoid these risks and prevent most accidents that you might be vulnerable to.

These are some of the main concerns you should be aware of when it comes to construction work, and it is absolutely essential that you use the right safety gear to reduce the risks involved.

About the author  ⁄ Rodger Schmeltzer

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