Near enough every workplace has a potential for danger. Even a seemingly innocent office could lead to slips and trips if wires are lurking around the place. But, some careers and worse for injuries in the workplace than others. And, when you break it down, construction is often top of the list. Workers here have to face elevated platforms, dangerous tools, and even dust inhalation. All of which can lead to serious health complaints.

Of course, for the most part, responsibility here comes down to the boss. They have a legal obligation to keep you safe. But, many managers aren’t as concerned about health and safety as they should be. As such, you may need to take matters into your own hands if you want to avoid injury. Read on to find out three ways you can do just that.

Follow procedures

A lot of construction health and safety is about following procedures. Lifting in the right way, for instance, could be the difference between a back injury, and doing your job well. It is your employer’s responsibility to train you here. They should show you videos and put proper procedures in place. But, it’s down to you to follow those procedures every working day. If you need refreshers at any stage ask your boss, or head to sites like to remind yourself. Either way, getting this wrong after training puts all culpability on your shoulders.

Don’t use faulty equipment

Faulty equipment on a construction site is a definite no-go. And, if you get hurt when using equipment you didn’t know was faulty, you’re well within your rights to contact lawyers like those found at who can bring proceedings against your boss. It’s their responsibility to check and maintain equipment, after all. But, what happens if you do notice the equipment is faulty, and your boss tells you to use it anyway? It’s highly illegal, but more managers than you might think operate this way. And, if you do come up against something like this, it’s essential you don’t give in. A shocking amount of injuries happen because colleagues don’t feel brave enough to say no. And, if you do get hurt that way, even the best lawyers will struggle to fight your corner. Remember that you have the upper hand here, and the law is on your side. Stand your ground and say no until your boss offers you an alternative you feel safe working with.

Question things you don’t agree with

Aside from faulty equipment, you might see others thing you don’t agree with. Perhaps you’re asked to complete a job you aren’t trained for or are expected to work in an area you consider unsafe. Again, speaking out here is essential. Don’t go along with things because you don’t want to become a nuisance. Be brave enough to speak out, and step back from the job until you feel safer doing it. Rather than losing their tempers, you can bet your colleagues will thank you.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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