At Cowen Construction, keeping our employees safe is a top priority. Working in the construction industry comes with a fair amount of inherent risks, but our years of experience have taught us a few tricks to increase safety. One very simple way to have a very big impact on safety is the proper use of signage.


Safety signage is a cheap, simple, and effective way to inform our employees as well as the public about any risks in the surrounding area. Signs can also be used to provide instructions for proper protocol in the event of an accident.

In our experience, the best ways to use safety signage are to:

  • Use images, words, and symbols
  • Find the most visible placement for the sign
  • Use simple words
  • Check to make sure employees understand all signage
  • Use bright colors

These principles can be applied in a variety of ways on a construction job site. We use safety signage in all of the following situations:

  • Areas where vehicles, forklifts, and cranes can appear without being seen by bystanders.
  • Anywhere asbestos has been detected or is suspected to be.
  • Uneven ground
  • Areas at risk of falling objects
  • Places where personal protective equipment (PPE) is required.
  • Areas containing dangerous chemicals, such as: toxic, flammable, or deadly substances.
  • Zones where dangers aren’t able to be seen. This includes chemical vapors, radiation, and electromagnets.

Cowen Construction is proud to do whatever it takes to keep our crews and the public safe around our job sites. We strongly value safety and will continue to keep finding new ways to improve our safety practices.