If you work in the construction industry, you know firsthand just how hazardous working with concrete can be. In addition to following all of your industry’s safety standards for working with concrete, use these four important tips to keep yourself protected.
Protect your skin. Concrete has an abrasive and caustic texture that can cause severe burns on the skin. You’re at an especially high risk of burns when you work on fresh concrete, so make sure to keep yourself protected. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and protective eyewear at all times when working on concrete.
Watch where you step. Uneven curbs, half-completed work, and even tools left lying around can make working with concrete a tripping hazard. Make sure your pathways are clear before you move a tool or other heavy object and always pay attention to where you’re walking.
Know how to lift. When working with concrete, you may need to move and transport heavy objects. Before you lift something heavy, test the item’s weight to ensure that you can safely handle it alone. If you can’t, grab a partner and lift as a team. Also, make sure you always lift using your legs — don’t rely on your lower back, as this method of lifting can make you more susceptible to injury.
Use tools that are up to code. The tools used to break apart concrete can be dangerous. No matter if you’re using an Indeco hammer or an Atlas Copco hydraulic breaker, make sure that you’re always maintaining a strong grip on your tool. If you have an older tool that’s no longer safe to use, don’t risk it — replace it with an affordable and reliable certified rebuilt model from Hydraulic Breaker Services.
At Hydraulic Breaker Services, we put your safety first by offering great tools at prices you can afford. From BTI hydraulic hammers to breakers from Kent, we’ve got the brand names that you trust to help your workers do their jobs safely and effectively. Give our team a call today at 800-940-8517 for a free quote!