It’s your new job. Perhaps you are a little nervous about it, but you have questions about things.
A good employer welcomes their employees’ questions. And one question an asphalt paving contractor in Georgia should be asking is that of safety.
Here are some things you should know when you start work on a new project;
#1 WHAT HAZARDS ARE THERE ON THIS JOB?
Although if you are working on a highway which still has traffic running on it, you can probably guess some of the hazards out there, it is as well to ask specifically about them.
Knowing exactly where to look out for vehicles is important.
As an asphalt paving company employee in Georgia, there will also be hazards from machinery on your team.
You need to know exactly where it is safe to walk and where the equipment operator’s blind spots are.
If in doubt; ask!
#2 WILL I BE TRAINED IN EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?
You need to know what training you will receive into dealing with an emergency at work.
As an asphalt paving contractor in Georgia there are many hazards at work.
If you are working on a highway, especially one which is still open to traffic, the risks are not insignificant.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970 (OSHA) makes it a requirement that employers provide a safe working environment for their employees.
Find out how you will be expected to deal with hazards such as oil and gas spills.
You might also need to know how you respond to other hazardous situations, such as traffic collisions, flood, acts of terrorism and so forth.
#3 WILL I GET SAFETY TRAINING FOR THE JOB?
This is a slightly different question to the previous one about hazard training.
Safety training for the job is your employer’s responsibility, to ensure you are at a level of competency where you can safely carry out your duties.
If you are not at a level where you can safely work unsupervised, you need a suitably qualified person on the team to be available to assist you.
It is also an area you need to be proactive in. If your supervisor has stopped a job or gone away, you shouldn’t be tempted to complete an activity that you have not been properly trained in.
This may be frustrating, especially if you feel you can probably do the job. But in order to be safe (and legal) you shouldn’t do anything you are unqualified for!
#4 WHAT SAFETY CLOTHING AND GEAR SHOULD I HAVE?
Working in asphalt can be hazardous.
There may be breathing equipment, hard hats, visible clothing and more besides.
It is probable that you will have some of the clothing needed and employers will not provide items such as boots etc. But finding out just what is required for the job is something that needs to be done. Preferably before your first day!
#5 WHO IS THE FIRST AIDER?
In any workplace, there should be at least one designated first aider.
You need to know who the person or persons are. Also, you should familiarize yourself with where the first aid kit for the team is stored.
Get to know its contents and how to use them.
#6 DOES YOUR TEAM HAVE SAFETY MEETINGS?
Okay, we know this is a lot of questions about safety, but don’t be put off from asking them.
Any firm doing things by the book should have regular safety briefings for all team members.
Construction is a dangerous industry and asphalt road building is no exception. Make sure you have all the information you need prior to commencing the job!
Wanting to know how to look after your own and other crew members safety is not a sign of weakness. A decent employer should know that!