Better Safe; Never Sorry

If you are new to a site or you are generally prone to accidents it is better to be safe now than sorry later, or alternately, it is better to be not sorry at all. Therefore, it is important to follow some guidelines when you are in an accident prone area.

Be Forewarned

If forewarned is forearmed then you definitely need to familiarize yourself with the construction site safety plan template before you start your tour. The document is usually to be found online on the company website or failing that, you can ask a manager for a copy. Read all the instructions in it and take them seriously. It is usually compiled by veterans of the trade who have been there, seen all and done all. Anything that the document expressly warns you against – don’t do it. Anything the document cautions you about – follow it until you are more used to surroundings and know that you can handle it like a pro.

Avoid the Aftermath

Visualize in detail the sheer trouble you would be in (not to mention the pain and cost) if you did something you were not supposed to do and got injured through that. Accidents can happen; mishaps caused by stupidity or ego are much more difficult to deal with. Contrary to what personal injury lawyers may advertise, not every person who suffers an injury at a workplace can get a settlement. Some companies will shell out the money just to avoid litigation, but others will fight back claiming that you were given fair warning and that you should have read the safe work method statement at Construction Safety Wise in advance. By visualizing the aftermath you can convince your brain to be more cognizant of your surroundings and avoid accidents.

Know Your Trigger

More often than not, people become careless and tend to show off when they are pushed to do so by peers. This is a dangerous moment when they can genuinely hurt themselves. If you are easily susceptible to peer pressure, be aware of that and actively resist it when it happens. Losing face is nothing like literally losing your face through a dare. If your pressure point is an adrenaline rush, stay away from high places. Likewise, if you are vertiginous or react badly to loud noises, try to speak to the foreman and avoid those situations. Follow the above rules and you should be fine in any new or unfamiliar work place. Remember, the goal is to go in and come out unscathed while having an eventful experience too.