Marek hopes you had a great holiday season with your love ones. Is now time to look at our road ahead and is important to remember that safety is our top priority. We need to remember that we are not getting any younger and that an injury can not only put us out of work, but can also jeopardize your family’s well being.
In fact, according to the National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH), researchers using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data found that older workers are more severely injured and die with greater frequency from work-related injuries than younger workers. Older workers also have longer recovery periods than younger workers. BLS uses workers age 55 and older in its calculations, although the rates rise sharply for those workers over age 65. Other agencies and organizations define the term as age 50 or 55 and up. The Department of Labor uses age 40 as a starting point for “older worker.”
There’s lots at stake for you in working without injury or damage. You have much to gain by keeping safe and unhurt. Other people who count on you for happiness and financial support also have a big stake in your safety as a construction worker.
Think of all the things you’re able to do now that give you earning power; then think of trying to do these same things if you were minus a hand, an arm, a leg, or your eyesight. It’s much harder – if not impossible – for a disabled worker to attain many of his personal goals.
Therefore, always remember the following general safety rules:
Always wear proper personal protective safety equipment
Don’t take chances or use dangerous shortcuts
Always watch out for the safety of others
Help others learn new safety practices
Plan ahead. Plan to work Safely
Concentrate on the task at hand. Don’t daydream. Don’t engage in horseplay
Report all injuries to you supervisor immediately
Don’t run through the work area except in an emergency
Be alert for tripping hazards and head injury hazards. Obey signs and tags
Keep the work area clean Don’t use drugs or alcohol
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