Safety Guide For Using Paver Tools



THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY WHEN HANDLING PAVER TOOLS

A person must be aware that paving tools require serious safety precautions and that their first priority must be to take the necessary precautions to prevent any possible injury whilst completing the project at hand.

The issue of safety is the most important factor to keep in mind when installing or using paver tools. It is always recommended that a professional be dispatched to complete a desired project, however if a person chooses to undertake the task alone and without a professional, then he or she must address the following safety issues when handling any paver tool:

Safety Gear

 Mark out a boundary that is off limits to bystanders

Put Up a Boundary Any area being paved must be made off limits to children and others who are not involved in the installation process. “Keep Out” and “Construction Site” signs should be erected to notify surrounding people of the task at hand and the seriousness of the safety issues that need to be addressed and followed.

Eye protection must be worn at all times

Safety goggles are important for preventing any debris from entering a person’s eye when cutting, trimming or laying pavers in any part of the installation process. Always be sure that they are secured and properly cover the entire eye area.
Safety Glasses

Hard Hats

Hard Hat A hard hat can prevent any serious injury to the head of a person. Quite often in the installation and preparation stages, many tools and masonry materials are situated all over the place. People have a tendency to trip over these materials and can often sustain serious head injuries as a result.

Hand protection

Hand protection such as gloves minimizes any sort of injury or cut to the hands of a person. By wearing gloves, a person will work a lot more comfortably knowing that their hands, which are the main part of the body used in the labor-intensive process, are well protected. Also, hands handle the tools being used and hence they are more likely to be injured than any other part of the body if the correct safety procedures are not followed. Rubber gloves are long lasting, whilst knitted gloves are not. Rubber gloves will make a person’s hands smell and therefore one must wash hands frequently. There are also anti-vibratory gloves that absorb vibration from power tools.     

Hand Gloves

Protective Footwear

Safety Boots

Protective footwear such as steel cap or rubber boots is aimed at minimizing the risk of harm to the feet. There have been many incidents whereby people have accidentally stepped on tools, equipment or loose wiring and thereby sustained an injury. The use of protective footwear is aimed at preventing just that!

High Visibility Jackets

High visibility jackets are aimed at enhancing the visibility of those working on the project so that other co-workers are aware of each other. Accidents have occurred so many times because laborers were not aware of the presence of other people, however the use of high visibility jackets can overcome this problem.

 First Aid Kit

The final safety issue needed to be addressed is the importance of a first-aid kit on site. A first aid kit will ensure immediate access to the bare essentials in case of an accident or injury. First aid kits include a variety of commonly used medical bandages and disinfectants that are of great importance to those who have an unfortunate encounter when either on site or handling paver tools.