It might surprise many people that construction sites are still one of the leading causes of incidental death around the world. It does not matter whether you are a local home builder building residential homes in Iowa or building the tallest skyscraper in the world in China. Construction sites are dangerous places if you are not taking proper care. The use of tools while working is a major cause for concern. From nail guns to scaffolding to saws and hammers, most construction tools are made to do a job and require thought and care when using to stay optimally safe. Here are some tips for minimizing your risk when using tools onsite to help you stay safe and alive while you get the job done efficiently.
First and foremost, always use the proper tool for the designated task. Some accidents happen because a tool is being used for something it is not safe to use for. One example is using a nail gun for wood or materials that it is not designed to punch through such as materials that are the wrong thickness for the nail gun. Using a nail gun improperly can backfire and cause injury. Always use these powerful tools for their designated purpose and at their optimal settings.
Injury can often happen due to the use of improper equipment or the lack of use of safety gear. For example, repetitive use injuries can occur when you use a tool that requires your strength rather than a powered tool. Repetitive use injuries common on a job site can include tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger.
Hoses and cords are a huge risk on the job site. It's important that safety rules are strictly adhered to with tools that require a hose or cord, especially electric cords. Keeping cords away from heating elements, water and sharp edges is critical for safety, but hoses can also be dangerous and pressurized hoses can explode with their contents if cut on something sharp.
The eyes and ears are especially vulnerable when using tools. When sawing, nailing, sanding, pounding, washing or blowing, always make use of eye protection and hearing protection. It does not take but one accident to seriously affect your vision for the rest of your life. Do not take chances with your eyes or ears.
Damaged tools are something to watch out for. These tools can malfunction unexpectedly and cause serious injury if they are used. Always give your tools a good inspection before using to stay safe.