Listen for Danger
Nearly all construction sites are filled with various sounds and noises. Each sound we hear is the result of an action of a worker using a tool or a piece of equipment. In nearly every case, we get used to these sounds and ignore them.
The problem is when there is a distressing sound or warning we dismiss it as normal operation of working equipment, people, etc. Your individual safety could easily be dependent on your ability to hear and recognize approaching danger, or warnings. Listen for Danger!
Things Decreasing Listening Safety
- Over concentration on work
- Lack of sleep
- Use of alcohol or drugs (both legal and illegal)
- Poor work place ventilation
- Loud radios; individual radios with earplugs
How To Improve Listening Safety Habits
- Become acquainted with the proper operational sounds of equipment and tools
- Listen closely to instructions
- Ask questions if instructions are unclear or confusing
- Stay alert
- When you hear an unusual sound or voice STOP!! Take time to Investigate
Although it may be easier to see danger than it is to hear it, your ears are able to perceive warning signals from all around you. Your eyes are only good in the direction you are looking. Fine-tune your ears and you can fine-tune your exposure to danger and injury.