Building Safety Problems In Construction

By Greg Vanden Berge

When I started working in construction in the late 1970s, safety never seem to be a big concern and as a result of that, I suffered an injury to my hands that I would have to live with for the rest of my life.

Here are a couple of building safety problems in the construction industry that most people have little understanding of.

1. Ladders

Ladders are one of the number one building safety problems in the construction industry. The biggest problem being, the proper use of the ladders. I have seen ladders used for scaffolding and planks to walk on. I have seen ladders positioned on insecure or slippery surfaces. If you don't know how to use a ladder properly, read the instructions that are provided with the ladder. If no instructions are provided with the latter, ask your construction foreman or building superintendent for information or help with ladder safety.

2. Protective Eyewear

There are plenty of different types of eye wear protection available today. They come in all different shapes sizes and colors and if you're interested in looking cool, there's a good chance that you will be able to find a wild pair of safety glasses to protect your precious eyes. You might not need to wear them all the time, but if you're doing any repairs or construction that might create a problem for your eyes, you should always wear protective eyewear.

I don't need to make this article any longer than it should be. There are hundreds of safety issues in the construction industry, however, if you could just focus on these two and get your fellow workers on the safety bandwagon, this article would be worth the time that I spent writing it.

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