Everyone in construction needs to focus on Safety.
Falls on jobsites account for the greatest number of fatalities in construction: more than 300 people die in ladder-related accidents a year. Thousands more suffer disabling injuries.
When high up, place HIGH EMPHASIS on safety! You can help reduce the potential for falls – and reduce the risk of injury, by wearing proper PPE and practicing these safety measures:
- Always use the right ladder.
- Set your ladder on level ground.
- Tie the ladder off at the top.
- Do not overreach or over extend yourself on the ladder – overbalancing may cause a fall.
- When climbing the ladder, always face forwards and maintain three points of contact.
- Always face the ladder while working.
- Cover all floor openings properly – covers must be able to support walls the same as the floor!
- Firmly attach covers to the floor or work surface.
- Label covers properly and legibly: i.e. “Do Not Remove Cover.”
- Consider wall openings and uncompleted stairways as openings, and provide proper covering to prevent injuries or falls.
- Railings and toeboards also can be used to secure a floor opening.
- Use handrails when climbing stairs.
- Watch where you step – and keep your view clear.
- Don’t run on stairs!
- Keep stairwells clean and well lit, including the railings.
- Keep tools, trash, scrap materials out of walkways and stairwells.
- Clean up after yourself, as you complete tasks.
- Clean up slick spills, like oil, immediately.
- Watch out for ice or snow.
Safety has been Tradesmen International’s #1 Core Value since our inception in 1992. While we’re proud to provide all our employees OSHA Training, Tool-Box Talks as well as On-going Safety Communication and Education, we believe that each individual must personally emphasize safe behavior at home, on the road, the jobsite and at all times to ensure their safety and the safety of all those around them.
Meet with a Tradesmen team member and or call 855-723-3844 to learn more about OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety and Health training opportunities.