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Construction Safety Tips

Construction Safety Tips
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Due to the Construction Industry being prone to accidents, ensuring safety is a matter of everyone involved; from CEOs, to site managers, to tradies, to visitors. And safety starts well before setting a foot onto a construction site.

According to Safe Work Australia (1), there were 63,230 serious injuries in construction in the five years period between 2008 and 2013. The injuries were caused by the following:

  • 37% by body stressing, including lifting, carrying and moving objects

  • 28% by falls, slips, and trips (of which 44% were caused by falls from a height)

  • 17% by being hit by moving or falling objects

  • 10% by moving or stationary objects being hit by a part of the body

  • 8% by other means

Construction Safety Tips

It’s important for everyone working in this industry to follow strict procedures so they can stay safe.

They should always:

  1. Always wear appropriate clothing and shoes relative to the job: helmets, safety shoes, gloves, eye goggles

  2. Use the proper tool for the designated task. Frequent use of inadequate or poorly designed equipment will eventually lead to health hazards (tendinitis, trigger finger, white finger, carpal tunnel syndrome)

  3. Protect your ears and eyes from particles, noises, and vibrations; opt for power tools with lower vibrations, muffled noises, and protective tools

  4. Ensure hand tools do not conduct heat or electricity

  5. Maintain good posture and use tools with correct alignment to your body at all times

  6. Never use a damaged scaffold. Ensure the safety and solidity of the scaffolding. Never use a scaffold in bad weather, especially if it’s covered in ice or snow

  7. Don’t leave materials or debris on a scaffold at the end of the day, or unattended at any time. Keep it as clean and clear as possible at all times

  8. When operating tools, vehicles, or other heavy machinery, be vigilant for your own safety and that of the people surrounding you

  9. Always store your tools and gear in a cool, dry place

  10. First aid kits and Fire extinguishers must be available and readily accessible

To keep construction sites safe you can always count on First Aid Kits Australia. We offer a wide variety of products aimed at this particular industry, that can be found here.

The best value is on modular kits and the best modular kits for the Construction Industry are:

  • The K1666 Modular Kit: Designed to provide comprehensive cover in High Risk and Remote Area situations.

    •  It contains 393 items and Basic Hints Guide with information on CPR, Shock, Bleeding, Heart Attack, Stroke, Head Injuries, and much more.

    • Equipped to assist with:

      • Wounds, Grazes, Abrasions, Scratches, Cuts, Splinters, Punctures, Amputation

      • Strains, Sprains, Tears, Bruises, Dislocations, Fractures

      • Scalds, Burns

      • Eye Injury

      • Mouth and Tooth Injury

      • Exposure to Cold or Heat

      • Stings, Bites

    • It covers Up to 25 people

  • K280 Construction Industry Compliant First Aid Kit: ideal for Tradesmen, Handymen, and Subcontractors. It is perfect for the ute or truck, so it is handy at the worksite.

    •  It comes with 350 items and included is the First Aid Kits Australia Basic Hints Guide with information on CPR, Shock, Bleeding, Heart Attack, Stroke, Head Injuries, Diabetes, and much more.

    • Equipped to assist with:

      • Wounds, Grazes, Abrasions, Scratches, Cuts, Splinters, Punctures, Amputation

      • Strains, Sprains, Tears, Bruises, Dislocations, Fractures

      • Scalds, Burns

      • Eye Injury

      • Exposure to Cold or Heat

      • Stings, Bites

    • It’s for personal use or for small teams of up to 5, who are within one hour of medical attention and suffer injuries common to construction sites.

    • If you are working outside one hour of medical facilities you should consider a larger First Aid Kit.

  • The K1000 Construction Industry Compliant First Aid Kit: Designed for First Aid rooms at construction sites.
    Consider this kit if you have a permanent location that you could use as a First Aid Room or designated Safety Area.

    • It contains 188 items and included in the First Aid Kits Australia Basic Hints Guide with information on CPR, Shock, Bleeding, Heart Attack, Stroke, Head Injuries, and much more.

    • Equipped to assist with:

      • Wounds, Grazes, Abrasions, Scratches, Cuts, Splinters

      • Deep wounds and broken limbs

      • Strains, Sprains, Tears, Bruises, Dislocations

      • Eye Injury or foreign objects in the eye

      • Mouth and Tooth Injury

      • Stings, Bites

      • Snake Bit Cover

    • Covers up to 50 people

First Aid Kits include all sorts of modules like the eye injury module, defibrillators, and proper gear like helmets, and are all available just one click away.

For all your First Aid needs make sure to visit us at https://firstaidkitsaustralia.com.au/.

(1) Safe Work Australia report on construction: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/system/files/documents/1702/construction-industry-profile.pdf

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