Proper safety precautions should be taken when beginning any project. This applies to novices and professionals alike. With some basic safety steps, concrete is one of the safest materials to work with. In this blog, we’ll outline some considerations when working with concrete so you can complete your project safely. For more on working with concrete, visit our blog

Protect the Head
Falling hazards could be present on a worksite. That’s why it’s important to protect your head with a hard hat or safety helmet. You should also take care to protect your eyes, even when working with concrete in your driveway or on a small project. Dust can be damaging and irritating to your eyes, and it’s easily avoided by wearing safety goggles or other protective eyewear.

Lift Well
By using the proper lifting technique, you can protect your back from serious injury. Squat down and use your legs to propel yourself up when lifting objects. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when the materials are too heavy. Use machinery to your advantage by placing items close to their final destination. When pushing concrete around, don’t scoop and lift, but rather use the tools to push the materials. 

Cover Your Skin
One of the hazards of working with fresh concrete is the potential for skin burns. Cover your skin, and be sure to wash out any concrete-drenched materials with clear water to avoid burns and irritation. Concrete can cause chemical burns, but the aggregates used to make concrete can have an irritating effect on the skin as well. To learn more about how moisture plays a role in how concrete is made, check out this article

Use Waterproof Pads
As concrete finishing takes place, use waterproof pads to protect yourself. If any contact comes between the material and your skin, even if it seems minor, flush immediately. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. 

With a few basic safety considerations, concrete is a safe material that can be used for a wide variety of projects. Whether you need help with materials, individual steps, or start-to-finish assistance, visit our website to get a free quote on your project.