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Volume 2 Disk 1 Track 18
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THINK - THEN LOOK BEFORE YOU STEP
That old saying
about taking care of the little things and the big things will take care of
themselves probably applies more to safety in construction than in any other occupation.
There are dozens
of things that many of us do, any number of times
each day without thought. Because
they are done without thought, they
are often done improperly. Let's
discuss the little things about
getting off equipment, trucks, shovels, tractors, graders,
You may think this
is unimportant; however, some of the most common injuries in construction work
are sprained ankles, broken legs, and strains,
sprains and abrasions caused by getting off equipment
improperly. All of us can
recall serious injuries that have
resulted from accidents of this nature.
When you are
getting out of a truck or climbing off a piece of equipment it is easy to
slip...this slip may result in a sprained ankle, a concussion because you struck
your head when you fell, you could
even die several days later.
We don't want
serious injuries on any job and, just as surely, we hope
to avoid all less serious injuries also.
In order to prevent accidents and
injuries resulting from these little things, always follow a safe procedure when
getting down to the ground from equipment or other low
Don't jump when
getting off equipment. Watch your
footing. Use the
handholds or knotted ropes.
Always keep safe practices in mind. It is often the little things that cause injuries.
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