When you’re working in construction, one of the hazards you face is the risk of getting hit by falling objects. You might work below your coworkers on the same building or walk through areas where falling objects could be a threat.
The important thing to do is to take steps to make sure you can avoid these objects on the job. The last thing you want is to end up with a head or brain injury as a result of a falling object.
How can you avoid falling object hazards at work?
1. Put tools back into your belt safely
One good tip is to put your tools immediately back into your belt and to secure them with any provided straps or attachments. When you’re working, you generally can only use one tool at a time, so keeping your space clean and organized can reduce the risk of dropping objects.
2. Secure tools in mounted tool boxes or containers
Another option is to secure tools in mounted tool boxes or containers. These containers won’t fall from scaffolding thanks to being properly mounted. The good thing about this is that you can take tools when you need them and secure them to your body with tethers or other helpful devices.
3. Tether tools to scaffolding
Sometimes, it’s possible to tether tools to scaffolding. For instance, if you’re using a hammer, there may be a hole through the handle designed for an attachment. There, you can use a line to tether it to your scaffold or other security features to prevent it from falling, even if you drop it. Other tools and materials like paints, screw drivers and others should be tethered when possible.
For your own safety, remember that you should always wear a hardhat if you’re in an area where construction is taking place. Items like broken glass, tools, wood beams and others could fall unexpectedly, leading to your injury. A hardhat offers protection against head injuries. Even if the hat doesn’t prevent the injury completely, it’s likely to be less severe than if you had no head covering at all.
These are just a few ways to protect yourself on the job. No workplace is perfect, so by taking steps to avoid injury in the case that someone makes a mistake, you’ll be able to stay safer even when the worst-case scenario happens. Stay safe out there, and remember to follow your required safety procedures every day to avoid a workplace injury.