Learning about the environment

What to do when starting a new job in construction

by Marsha Hudson

Starting a new job is always stressful, regardless of what line of work you're starting in. Construction work is even more stressful in that sense, as it's one of the types of jobs where you quite easily can be put in danger when you're working. In order to stay safe on your workplace directly from the start, and to make sure you do the best job possible, there are a few things you should think about as you're starting your new construction job.

General induction training

The first thing you should make sure of in order to stay safe on your new job is that your employer offers you a general induction training OH&S card course. This will give you an introduction to the workplace so that you can find your way around it comfortably when you start working. You'll also be presented with the current health and safety regulations that the company you're working for follows. You'll also be provided with any guidelines regarding the work itself so that you can get into working straight away instead of wasting time on learning the basic rules on the workplace. In many states, this course is required to take to even work in a construction site. You'll get a card as proof that you've taken the course and can therefore use it to apply for other construction jobs if your employment with your current company were to end.


Another thing you can do to prepare yourself for starting your new job is to get all your licenses for driving different vehicles updated. It's possible that you don't remember all the rules applying to your different licenses, and if you're up to date with them, you're also going to be a bigger asset on the work site. You should also read up on knowledge about the equipment used on the site to have a general understanding on how they work even if you're not the one in charge of them.

Health check

Lastly, you should also get your health checked out before going into work on your first day. Construction work can be dangerous, and you'll need to know if you have any physical restrictions that limit what you can do in your workplace. Asthma, old injuries, or scars from different types of surgery can all limit what types of environments you can be in and what material you can handle. Finding this out beforehand will give you a chance to get the proper tools to level your shortcomings out with physical therapy or medical equipment so that you can do the best job possible without having to fear being injured.