9 Ways to Improve Construction Safety with Heavy Machinery on the Worksite


Countless tasks can cause injuries on a construction site, such as falls from scaffolding/high places, hazards in excavation jobs, and electrical mishaps. The success of a project requires a safe jobsite, and everyone contributes to safety.

Work-related deaths are a real possibility when working in construction … and heavy machinery often can be one of these tragedies’ leading causes: 

  • 35% of injuries on the job are caused by machine accidents every year
  • 14% of deaths on site
  • leading causes of injuries to equipment operators

Countless tasks can cause injuries on a construction site, such as falls from scaffolding/high places, hazards in excavation jobs, and electrical mishaps. Keeping everyone on the worksite aware of the most up-to-date safety measures is necessary to any construction site’s success.

These 9 simple and easy tips can reduce safety risk ensure the whole team is bought into your company’s worksite safety measures.

3. Take your time on jobs

Rushing on the job is sure to lead to accidents.

Unfortunately, it is one of the most significant causes of accidents on construction sites. Letting the stress of a deadline put your worker’s safety in jeopardy.

Avoiding an injury or accident is as easy as taking your time and making sure you are being safe and thoughtful about the machines you’re using.

4. PPE is as essential on the equipment as on the ground

While working around moving machinery, wear personal protective equipment that is appropriate for particular hazards.

For example, loose-fitting clothing may become entangled in rotating spindles, or a protective glove may become caught.

These risks require alertness and continued attentiveness when in use.

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5. Communication is key

When working with heavy machinery, worksite communication is just as crucial as PPE. Creating safety policies and procedures for your machines and ensuring you continuously communicate them—can save lives and money in the long run.

7. Know the limits of your machines

While these machines seem limitless, it is crucial to be aware of varying equipment load limits when operating various machines. When lifting objects with a machine, make sure loads are secure with the proper rigging attachments.

9. Use machinery as intended

Each piece of equipment performs a specific task. Excavators are not cranes, and wheel loaders were not made to carry workers in the bucket or used as a lift.

Pick the right piece of equipment for the task at hand and use it as the manufacturer intended.

Construction sites can be hazardous places, and accidents can happen at any time. Keeping your equipment in good working order and everyone’s knowledge of the equipment’s safety is a surefire way to make sure you are protecting yourself and your coworkers.

If you stay safe, pay attention and understand your equipment, your job site will remain hazard-free and rewarding.

Traqspera takes employee extremely seriously, and has a number of workflows to maintain, monitor, and track equipment usage and ensure safety compliance.

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