So without further ado, here is how construction workers can stay safe on the line of duty:
- Wear the proper gears. Yes, it's summer right now and it's reallyyy hot in Calgary, but safety gears exist for a reason: To keep you safe. Never, ever underestimate the importance of wearing them.
- Know the construction site. Use your eyes -- you have them for a reason! If you need to walk around the construction site to familiarize yourself with it, do so. Likewise, know where the first aid kits are located, as well as any emergency exits, if any.
- Train your skills. This is especially important when it comes to equipment. If you don't remember how to use a certain piece of equipment, don't let your pride get the best of you. Ask someone before using it.
- Likewise, only use equipment that you have been trained to use. Did we really need to say that?! Apparently yes because equipment-related injuries are very, very common in Calgary...
- Hydrate yourself, even when it's not warm. Similarly, make sure to eat well before/during work. The more focused you are, the better.
- Always look around for hidden dangers. Construction sites are full of hidden, unseen dangers. Walk slowly and keep your eyes open for them. No matter how useless it may sound, caution will always win over injuries.