Construction safety has been a huge topic in the media this year. 

Many people, especially those who have not been exposed to the complexities of construction, are often unaware of the importance of building safety. 

To help you learn more about building safety and the best practices to follow, we have put together a list of five easy to follow building safety tips for your convenience. 

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Don’t be too slow Construction safety is about doing everything you can to be as safe as possible. 

The easiest way to do this is to do everything you could have done earlier. 

Your first and foremost priority is to be alert and aware of your surroundings and the actions you are taking to avoid an accident. 

For example, if you have not noticed your car door is closed and you are driving through the intersection, it is likely you are not making the best decision. 

In order to make your own decisions, it helps to take into account the actions of others. 

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Get a checklist of all the things you could be doing Always be aware of where you are going, who you are talking to, and what you are looking at. 

These are all important and you should always be able to see what you have on your mind. 

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Don ‘t be distracted by the sounds around you While you can be distracted in a busy intersection by the sound of your own engine, you should not be distracted when you are walking in an area with a lot of traffic. 

While not everyone is used to driving in a rush, this will still increase your risk of being involved in an accident, especially if you are at an intersection with lots of traffic or when there is a lot going on. 4.

Get out of the way of your construction equipment and don’t drive at a high rate of speed While most people assume a high speed limit in construction will keep them safe, in reality, speed can increase your chances of a crash by as much as 50% if you do not stay within a reasonable distance. 

If you are in a construction zone, it will be difficult to avoid hitting construction equipment when you do so. 5.

Make sure your equipment is properly installed and maintained Always have your equipment in place and in good working order. 

You will need to do your part to ensure that your equipment will last a long time and do its job well. 

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Don’ t forget to wash your hands when you enter the building If someone is standing in the doorway of your building, you may be surprised to learn that they are not wearing gloves. 

It is a good idea to use a sanitary hand wash and hand sanitizer if possible, because you do have a hand, and your hands can be used to touch and grip equipment. 

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Don”t get too close to your construction items Some people are very concerned about how close they are to construction equipment, but they are also very busy. 

Remember, if something is too close for comfort, it probably should not have been there in the first place. 

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Don ”t put construction items into the fire extinguisher Fire extinguishers can help protect you from the flames of an explosion or an electrical fire. 

But if someone is going to be inside the building, they should also be able to safely use the fire escape as well.

 9.

Keep a close eye on construction work A good safety practice is to keep your eye on your construction work and make sure you know who you”re working with and what they are doing. 

Don”t be a distracted person. 

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Remember your surroundings In an industrial zone, you can expect to see construction equipment in the same areas where you normally would see construction materials. 

There are many times when you will see someone coming or going from a construction site. 

However, you will also notice things like electrical wires, plumbing, electrical equipment, and more that are not typically visible to people walking around in the area. 

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Use common sense and follow the building code Some construction sites may not have proper lighting or ventilation equipment.

This can mean that a fire could occur while you are working in an enclosed space. 

This is not a good thing. 

12.

Stay safe at home and work at home A lot of construction is conducted at home, and it is best to keep this in mind when you go to work. 

Avoid building in areas that you know will be subject to construction. 

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Take extra precautions when walking or cycling If your home is in an industrial area, you might find it easier to get to work safely when you cycle. 

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Use a safe vehicle to leave the site When you walk into a construction area, remember that you do still have to obey the rules of the road and you do need to have a vehicle in your immediate

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