Working in construction can be dangerous. Workers can be exposed to hazards such as falls, powered and heavy equipment, and harmful chemicals. Before your employees step on the jobsite, be sure they are familiar with the basic safety hazards and understand how to protect themselves while at work.
NAHB has published a new safety video toolbox talk, Safety Basics, to help home builders familiarize their staff with the hazards of a residential construction site. While construction work can be inherently dangerous, understanding hazards and creating a safety plan to address them will help keep everyone safe on the jobsite.
The first step is recognizing the most common causes of construction site injuries, like:
- Falling from heights
- Electrical shock
- Defective or unsafe equipment
- Falling objects
- Improper ladder usage
- Manual material handling
- Trench cave-ins and collapses
NAHB has detailed video toolbox talks on each of these hazards. But for new workers, perhaps as a part of orientation, the Safety Basics video (below) covers the most important topics.
Visit the Safety Basics video toolbox talk page on nahb.org for the Spanish version of the video and for a downloadable handout covering the content in the video.