How do you keep yourself and others safe in the work place? When you are installing windows you are responsible for the safety of your customers and the members of their family. You have to think about members of the public as well. Even the postman could walk up the path and trip over your drill! We know that is a lot to consider and to help we have compiled a list of our Top Safety Tips. No doubt you will have taken most of these on board but there may be one or two that will prove to be very useful for you.
- Always wear the correct PPE for the job you are doing. Don’t be tempted to take shortcuts because the weather is warm or you are in a hurry. Not wearing your safety goggles could result in an injury keeping you off work for weeks. It is far better to be safe than sorry.
- Make sure your glazing materials are stacked safely and securely. This is particularly pertinent for the safety of your customers.
- As we mentioned earlier keep all pathways and areas where members of the public walk, free of tools and debris. Children are ever inquisitive and may well be running around while you are working. If at all possible keep doors to where you are working closed.
- The last thing you want to happen when you are fitting your new windows is to injure yourself. There could be all sorts of repercussions. Your customer may not be happy with the delay and your whole schedule could end up being compromised. Avoid injuries like pulling your back by working within your limits. Take a course on how to lift correctly and do not attempt to lift something on your own if it is a two man job!
- If you do injure yourself such as a deep cut, deal with the situation at once. Often an ensuing infection can be far worse than the injury itself. Make sure your Tetanus vaccinations are up to date. A well-stocked First Aid kit can be very useful. It can be in your best interests to attend a first aid course to ensure you are update with techniques and treatments.
- Use the correct tool for the job. This may sound obvious but we are probably all guilty of taking a quick shortcut if the correct tool is not to hand. This is a recipe for disaster and can cause injury.
- As waste and debris starts to accumulate, deal with it! Sweep it up and clear your work area. Don’t leave pieces of old timber laying around with nails in and broken glass. It is good practice to get in the habit of working in a tidy fashion as we discussed in our previous blog ‘Are you a tidy person?’
So, there are some good tips and advice to think about. We would enjoy reading about your safety tips. If you would like to share them just jot them down in the comments below.