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Youth in Construction - Housekeeping

What Can Happen to You


Poor housekeepingMy buddy and I were goofing around on the job site. There was debris and clutter lying around. He pushed me over and I landed on a nail sticking out of a board. It went through my foot".
"I used to do cleanup for a construction company. One guy I knew was working outside - two stories up - without a harness. Before I could say anything, he slipped, fell, and landed on top of some plywood with a nail sticking up. The nail pierced his kidney".

Just like at home, waste, debris, mud, and dirt can be obstacles and make work that much harder. Poor housekeeping can cause accidents and serious injuries to yourself and others. These injuries can lead to you missing work, working with pain, or not being able to work at all. By doing good housekeeping you can prevent slips, trips, falls and other injuries.

Poor housekeeping    Good housekeeping

Guys says: Check it out! Work safer when doing housekeeping

How to Keep Yourself Safe

You are responsible for following the training and safe work practices of your teachers and employers.

1. Get Trained On

  • The importance of good housekeeping because clean worksites are safer
  • 2 workers carrying a beam
    Follow your jobsite procedures
    for safe handling of materials
    Your job site procedures for safer ways to lift, carry, handle materials, and remove waste
  • Good housekeeping practices such as separating:
    • General waste and trash from hazardous waste such as used oil, oily rags, and acids
    • Combustible from noncombustible scraps and materials. Keep combustibles in containers with lids to prevent ignition
  • Use gloves to protect your hands
    Use gloves to protect hands
    How to protect yourself from housekeeping hazards, including the wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

2. Make Good Choices

  • Always follow your training
  • Wear good:
    • Foot wear to avoid slips, trips, and falls.
    • Fitting gloves when handling materials or wastes
  • Always cleanup during the day as you work by picking up and placing wastes and debris in bins and labeled receptacles. Also, clean up at the end of each shift.
    Housekeeping  Housekeeping  Housekeeping
    • Remove or bend nails prior to disposal or storage of materials
      Remove or bend nails prior to disposal or storage of materials

    • Coil and remove extension cords, lines, and hoses from doors and entrances
      Coil and remove extension cords, lines, and hoses
    • Return tools not used to the gang box
    • Clean up spills right away
    • Keep walkways, stairways, ladders, and areas around buildings free of materials, debris, mud and dirt
  • Do not throw waste, materials or tools from elevated work locations. Check first with your supervisor or teacher for the proper procedure.
  • Cap ends of all exposed rebar
  • Store and chain compressed gas cylinders in upright position
  • Talk to you teacher or supervisor if you:
    • Are not sure how to safely handle debris or other materials
    • Think something is unsafe
    • Feel pain or suffer an injury

Books  For more information on how to keep yourself safe, read Best Practices, Training Topics for Teachers and Employers.