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LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP
All too often accidents on construction jobs
are caused by workers who fail to "look." One of the most important
and basic principles of accident prevention on a construction job is to look
where you walk, stand, sit or climb. You may have heard of the bricklayer who
stepped back to admire his work, only to fall off the scaffolding! It is very
important to look before stepping in any direction. You might step into a pile
of scrap lumber, into an open trench, in the path of a moving piece of equipment
or under a swinging load.
On most construction jobs, conditions in work
areas change continuously, materials and equipment are constantly handled and
moved about. Look up, look down, and look all around and make certain the way is
clear and you are avoiding all hazards.
Working in the field of construction does not
permit us to sit around much. When you can sit down, look where you sit. How
often have you heard the injured worker say, "I didn't notice it."
This excuse just doesn't cut it. We all have to be aware of our surroundings or
risk being severely hurt or killed.
If you are involved in cleaning or
housekeeping duties on the job, sometimes scrap is thrown into a pile or from an
elevated location. Material should not be thrown at anytime. It should be
lowered carefully or removed with material handling equipment. Workers should
look before they walk in areas where clean-up work is under way. Most
importantly, never walk under suspended loads. Be alert and look up. Falling
material will cause serious injuries.
Some of you may have heard of people being
injured because they failed to watch where they were stepping. Test a platform
before you step onto it; be sure your ladder is secure before climbing it. If
work areas are poorly lighted, be especially cautious.
Stay alert, look about you constantly and
don't rush or take chances, because those few minutes you save may cost you your
lifestyle--or your life!
Remember, someone who rushes in headlong, often comes out feet first!
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