Top Tips: Getting through your first week on site
Starting any new job is difficult. The beginning of your new career in the construction industry can be daunting, but making sure you’re off to the right start is easy! Taking the time to ensure you’re prepared before you start is helpful and getting to know your co-workers will also put you in good stead for a fruitful career. We’ve put together some top tips to help you get through your first week.
Make sure you show up on time (if not early), every day. Lateness is a flaw in the construction industry and can delay the progress of your job. Being punctual shows everyone on site that you care and are taking the job in hand seriously, including your boss.
- Stay alert
Construction sites are dangerous places, and potential hazards could arise at any given time, with this in mind, there’s no time for distractions and being absent-minded! Check Facebook and answer messages during breaks or on lunch.
- Dress appropriately
Ensure you’re wearing the correct PPE for your day’s work on site. Not coming to work appropriately dressed can put your safety in danger; you also run the risk of not being able to work without being dressed compliantly. If you’re unsure of the correct dress requirements talk to your employer before you begin on site.
- Don’t underdo it
There’s never an excuse to not be doing anything as there’s always something to do on site. Ask your colleagues or boss if they need any extra help or if there’s another task you can start, if they’re too busy to direct you, don’t take this as an opportunity to have a quick break – how about a cup of tea for your colleagues?
- Don’t overdo it
Working on site is physical and can take its toll on your body. Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and eat regularly to keep your energy levels up; this will help you stay alert and safe at all times. Make sure you follow all health and safety regulations – don’t lift things on your own that may require somebody else to help.
- Pay Attention
Pay attention to what’s going on around you, be honest if you’re not sure of something or you need help, construction sites are filled with workers from all walks of life, who all have different experience. Take the time to listen to your experienced co-workers and you’ll feel at home in no time, as well as picking up the tricks of the trade!