Safety Should Always Be “Priority One” on Any Job Site
To put it simply, we love the work we do here on the Delmarva Peninsula. All of us at the Whayland Co., get an immense amount of satisfaction from taking a set of blueprints and turning what’s on the page into a beautifully constructed building that will probably outlive anyone who helped create it.
But there’s also no questioning the fact that the construction industry has a lot of dangers and perils associated with it, which is why we put our employees’ safety above anything else AT ALL TIMES.
To that end, we ask our employees, as well as subcontractors working on all Whayland projects, to adhere to certain safety standards at all times. The rules we put in place are to protect their safety, and our business, and we insist that they’re strictly followed.
Now, many of these safety precautions are used throughout the industry and can be used on any construction project, large or small. Thus, we’re happy to share them with you here today.
Here are a few safety guidelines you should follow on any job, regardless of the size.
Wear Protective Apparel. This is really Safety 101. Whenever you’re working on a project, there are perils, and you need to protect yourself. Always wear the necessary headgear, eye protection, ear muffs, anti-slip footwear and whatever else is necessary to ensure your safety at all times.
Also, be sure to dress appropriately for the time of year. If it’s summer, wear sunscreen. If it’s wintertime, be sure to stay as warm as possible, while still protecting your safety.
Be Careful with Equipment. Inspect your equipment daily to make sure there are no safety hazards, such as loose wires or cables, water hazards (if electrical equipment) and whatever else may be specific to the job you’re doing. Follow all recommended safety precautions for the equipment you’re using and, if in doubt, seek the advice of a professional.
Keep a First Aid Kit Nearby. You never know what may happen in the course of doing a job, so it’s always important that you keep a first aid kit in the general proximity. If an injury does occur, having these supplies can mean the difference between a small injury and one that can develop into a much larger one. Many injuries are immediately treatable with the equipment you can find in these kits.
Be Wary of Your Surroundings. Always be aware of potential dangers that are around you when working on a job, whether big or small. Ladders, power tools and uneven ground or pavement are a few examples of things that can cause problems in terms of personal safety, if not paid attention to. It’s best to inspect your work space each day, before getting to work.
Use Common Sense. If a portion of the job requires two people to ensure safety, for example, don’t attempt to do it by yourself. We know the temptation to do so is always there, but it’s never a good idea to take unnecessary risks with your personal safety. If it means it takes a little longer to get the job done, well so be it. Just play it safe and don’t do anything that you might regret later.
These are a few basic safety tips for any type of construction project, whether it’s a small do-it-yourself type project at home or large commercial construction projects that take months, or even years, to complete.
Just remember that safety should always be Priority One. Keep yourself safe on the job site and you’ll ensure a good end product for all concerned.
To learn more about the Whayland Co., call 302-875-5445 or visit us frequently here on our website.