Working with equipment calls for you to be careful, especially if it’s heavy and powerful construction equipment. Keeping everyone safe can help you keep costs low, particularly if you had to hire the equipment in the first place. You don’t want costly delays caused by workplace injuries and fatalities. Here are tips to enhance safety at the construction site.
Be careful with blind spots
It’s very crucial that anyone operating heavy machinery makes sure that there’s no one in their blind spots. Insist on having spotters working with the equipment operators to direct them properly. But when you don’t have someone to act as a spotter, ask that the machine operators get out of the machine to check before going ahead with the task.
Every time you have a meeting with your workers, touch on communication as an important way to boost safety at the workplace. Invest in communication gadgets such as two-way radios for effective communication with other people at the workplace. Train both operators and spotters how to use hand signals effectively.
Practice safe loading and unloading of equipment
To prevent trucks from sliding or rolling over, it’s crucial that they are loaded or unloaded on a level ground. Also, ensure that the area around where you are loading or unloading is clear of people in case something happens. And use spotters to guide the operator. Above all, never exceed the load limit.
It’s just as important to wear your seatbelt while operating heavy construction equipment as it is while on the road. The seatbelt holds you firmly while you are operating the machinery. And should the equipment ever roll over while you are inside, your seatbelt might just save your life.
Keeping safety a priority while on the construction site will save you and your workers from accidents that could cost you dearly. Fortunately, this is something you can achieve by being just a little more diligent.