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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,  scrapers, cranes............etc.   

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  heights. 

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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