Work zone injuries are a fact of life, but a lot of these instances can be mitigated when you cut out human error. The best way to do this is by properly securing your site and investing in the work zone equipment that will protect you and everyone on the project. If you're unsure of where to start, the points below will help you stay safe and minimize liability in the process. 

Focus on Signage and Visibility First and Foremost

Before you do anything, make sure that your work zone is properly established and visible, and that you're properly communicating warnings to people in the area. This means different things for different work sites, so purchase the work zone equipment that you need. For one site, you might simply use some warning tape to create a perimeter, along with some clear signage. Another work site might need to incorporate mesh fencing and plastic or wooden barriers to clearly establish the work zone and keep unauthorized people out of it. 

You will also want to install lighting and signage and use flares if you're working at night or during times of low visibility. This announces your worksite loud and clear and keeps people from getting hurt. Many companies can also rent you a set of crash trucks to establish clear boundaries. Making your site visible is half the battle when it comes to protecting people while you work. 

Make Sure All Your Personnel Has Protective Equipment and the Most Capable Tools ​

Once you've protected the public, it's important to also make sure that your own personnel is safe and sound as they work. Wearing all work zone equipment should be mandatory at all times, and you need to enforce these rules anytime you see them violated. At a minimum, everyone on the site should be properly wearing a hard hat or other headgear in addition to goggles or visors, gloves, and appropriate clothing and footwear. Since so many work site accidents are avoidable, control what you can by making sure your contractors are protected. 

You can also protect your personnel by making sure they have access to the best tools. When they have quality tools that don't malfunction, they are less likely to get injured on the site. Consider renting top of the line equipment to make sure of this. 

Follow these points to make sure you're doing all that you can to keep your worksite safe. 

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