Statistics show that it is experienced tradespeople who have the most accidents, but a few minutes spent thinking about the appropriate measures to take can save you a lot of pain and medical expense.
Dress It Up
Safety shoes, helmets, gloves, goggles, masks, ear plugs and even high-vis clothing serve a practical purpose. Buy the best you can afford, and wear them vigilantly – even for “tiny jobs”. Also, ensure people nearby are wearing the correct safety attire, as even on the sidelines, you could get hurt.
Step It Up
A huge amount of DIY and construction accidents involve ladders! Get help with extension ladders. Remember the leaning ladder rule, which is positioning the base of the ladder one measure out for every four measures in height to ensure correct balance. Make sure that the feet of the ladder are on a firm level surface. If you are working on an uneven surface, invest in an adaptor to balance your ladder.
Never, ever, lean your ladder on window sills or guttering. Finally, always wear appropriate footwear to ensure that you have a grip on the steps.
Time Is Of The Essence
Most people underestimate just how long a job will take, but rushing it or taking shortcuts to finish “on time” will lead to accidents. Take regular breaks, as tiredness is a huge factor in a lot of accidents.
Tools of the Trade
You’d be amazed by how many people use lightweight extension cords for power tools, or tack hammers for heavy duty nails. Make sure you have the correct tools before you start, so you’re not tempted to improvise, which can lead to accidents.
Use Your Initiative
If something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t. If you have any doubts about the safety of a situation, take a step back until you have thoroughly checked everything, and you are satisfied that all possible safety measures are in place.
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