While working at a construction site, you can put yourself into dangerous situations.  However, if you follow safety rules, you can reduce the risk of an accident. Here are 10 ways to keep yourself safe while working.

  1. WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING!: Injuries due to slips, trips and falls are among the most common on construction sites and can cause injuries such as broken wrists, dislocated shoulders, sprained ankles and torn knee cartilage. Carrying things can make it harder for you to keep your balance or see where you're going. Always make sure you have a clear path ahead of you and watch out for any other obstacles. Uncovered holes or trenches are especially treacherous, as is slipping and falling onto a sharp object.  

2. MAKE SURE THE CONSTRUCTION SITE FOLLOWS COMMON SAFETY RULES: The condition of the site sets the tone for how people will conduct themselves, so make sure you feel you're working in an environment where safety is a key concern of the construction company. A site where it appears people pay attention to details will be a safer and more productive one. Missouri and Kansas construction site safety is extremely important.

3. WEAR SUITABLE CLOTHING: It may seem obvious that workers at a construction site would wear heavy duty work clothing and boots, but many workers are involved in accidents each year because of negligence, such as wearing tennis shoes to work in an environment where dropping something heavy on your foot is a common occurrence. Tennis shoes may seem sturdy, but a nail can go through one of those shoes and into your foot in less than a second.  

4. ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION AND A HARD HAT:  When in a construction zone, you want to make sure you're as safe as possible. Protecting your eyes, ears, and head can keep you alive, in case of an accident.  

5. WATCH OUT FOR ASBESTOS: Amid the dust of a construction zone, you may not be able to tell if you're exposed to asbestos or not.  If in an extremely dusty area (or an old building), it's best to wear a safety mask to make sure you're not breathing in anything harmful. 

6. STAY CLEAR OF HEAVY MACHINERY:  Even if you're used to working around construction vehicles, it's best to stay clear of them unless you're operating one of the vehicles yourself.  You never know when something could fall or when a vehicle could lose control.  

7: ELECTRIC SAFETY:  When working with electric wiring, always make sure the power is turned off.  

8. KNOW AN EXIT:  This may seem simple, but if you're working in a building or on a roof, and there is a fire or other emergency, knowing your way to safety is vital.  

9. DON'T SMOKE WHILE ON THE JOB:  You never know what sort of flammable substances could be surrounding you at the work place, so it's a good idea, if you smoke, to keep your cigarettes at home.  

10. DON'T LET YOURSELF BE PRESSURED BY A BOSS INTO DOING SOMETHING UNSAFE:  You may feel like you should follow your boss's orders, but if they tell you to do something that violates safety regulations, you SHOULDN'T do it.

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