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Concrete safety is important before you start any project

Elvis Elvis

Concrete safety can never be over emphasized. Let me take you through some steps to help save or eliminate potential danger. Thousands of people, whether professionals or DIY’ers work with concrete everyday. Concrete safety should always be a high priority.

If you were to handle concrete for a large project or just a home patio, sidewalk, or driveway, you should always understand and practice a number of basic safety tips concerning protection, prevention, and precautions. The safety steps below will help shed light and help protect you from the smallest potential injury, to life threatening injuries.

Step 1. Protect for head!! (You will need it down the road!)

If at all possible it is always recommended to wear a hard hat. This hat naturally protects you from concrete injuring your head.There are many unforeseen concrete safety hazards on a job site that can be hard to predict. Construction sites are loud, and your senses can be numbed due to all the activities. Hard hats not only protect you from concrete, but from tools and other debris that could be falling. Remember safety first!Don’t loose your head!!

Step 2. Protect for back!!

Concrete safety is important before you start any project

Concrete is heavy! Pay very close attention to ho you move around concrete and how you lift concrete. I always take 5-10 minutes to stretch my back and arms before working. A little prevention goes along way. The products that are required to make and pour concrete such as cement bags, rocks, sand, and water are all heavy. You will probably not be used to lifting these items so pay attention and don’t try to lift too much. Even in small quantities these items are awkward and heavy. Take care. . .lift properly! Always lift these products with your legs bent not your back. When lifting heavy things always bend your knees as your leg muscles are stronger and better equipped to handle the stresses of weight. Plan where you are going toload and unload material. Always try and unload the material as close to your working space as possible. Avoid having to move the material around a lotthis can cause you to get impatient and start letting your guard down. Use a wheelbarrow as often as possible and load it more to the front giving you leverage. Always, Always bend at your knees when picking up the handles of your wheelbarrow. If at all possible ask for assistance with lifting. Two is better than one !!

Step 3. Protect your skin!!

Due to the chemicals in the pure cement concrete can cause severe skin injuries and irritations. You can get severe skin burns when working unprotected with concrete. Wear gloves, long sleeves, and long pants. It won’t feel like your skin is burning, but when it does it is too late. Wear rubber boots to protect your feet. Cement will suck the moisture from your skin by just the touch of it be careful! As soon as I am done working with concrete I always wash my hands and apply generous amounts of moisture lotion. Take a shower at the end of each work session to help flush your eyes and skin.

Step 4. Protect your eyes. (You just might need them later!!)

Concrete like mud can have a tendency to splatter. It is very easy to get concrete in your eyes. For that reason: Concrete Safety tip – WEAR GLASSES. If ever concrete gets on your face and eyes, do not rub, immediately flush the effected areas with water.Protect any cuts on your hands and skin because concrete on open wounds can have long term effects. Immediately flush eyes and skin that come in contact with fresh concrete with clean water. If any burns or problems persist, get treated by a physician. Seek immediate medical help needed.