As humans, we’re programmed to look after ourselves, so health and safety should come naturally. But sometimes we can be slow to react, or lose concentration, and that’s when accidents happen.
Last year 78,321 people missed at least seven days from work due to injury – and 99 of them were fatal. Every one of these could have been prevented.
The most common types of accidents and injuries at work are trips, slips or falls; electrical incidents; and manual handling or lifting.* And according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), the five most common causes of accidents in 2011 were:**
- Inadequate fall protection
- Unstable scaffolding
- Poor hazard communication
- Inadequate respiratory protection
At Jewson we want you to stay as safe as possible – and we’re committed to driving down these figures. So here are our Top 5 safety tips when working in construction:
1. Always wear the right protective equipment for the job – be seen by others at all times and protect yourself from potential hazards.
2. Be aware of your surroundings – keep an eye out for obstructions, overhead power cables, liquids, chemicals and anything that’s in your path as you work.
3. Keep steps clean, clear and dry – always inspect ladders or stairs to check they’re stable and in good working order, and wear shoes with good traction.
4. Maintain good body posture – use your knees and not your back to lift, avoid twisting when picking or carrying a heavy load, and sit instead of kneel if working at low levels.
5. Watch out for others – especially when on scaffolding, where more people are at risk of being injured from falling equipment or debris.
To find out more about our Health and Safety policy, visit http://www.jewson.co.uk/working-with-you/supply-chain-partnerships/infrastructure/health-and-safety/.