Safety is one of the key issues that need to be considered when planning and setting up a construction site. Accidents and injuries are a tragic setback for construction workers and a leading cause of compensations for construction companies. A good safety strategy needs to incorporate all stakeholders, from the boardroom to the construction site. A company needs device mechanisms that ensure the safety measures are fully enforced. Below we dive deeper into the best practices to improve safety at construction sites;
Prioritize safety at the construction site
Safety at the job site should be a top priority when planning the project. Employees are the company’s most valuable assets and their safety should be placed above everything else. By assuring workers that their safety is a top priority, you instill confidence, build trust, and improve productivity.
Putting safety first can help a company cut on costs incurred through compensations for work-related injuries and death. In addition to increasing the cost of the project, accidents can cause major delays in the project timeline. A company can reduce its insurance costs by maintaining a strong safety record.
Anyone setting foot on a construction site should be made aware of all possible safety risks. Ignorance is one of the biggest causes of accidents at construction sites and unfortunately, these unknowing mistakes put everyone at risk. Understanding the risks and maintaining a constant state of alertness is one of the best ways to prevent accidents at job sites. In addition to highlighting possible risks at the construction site, safety procedures should also give preventive measures.
Conduct adequate training
Proper training of workers is one of the best and easiest ways to build a strong safety profile for the company. Training is one way a company can demonstrate the commitment to keeping them safe and healthy. Instead of a one-off event, the company needs to maintain a culture of training to keep workers updated and reminded of the importance of maintaining safety at the job site. Continuous training ensures that construction workers retain what they learn and make it culture at the site.
Invest in good Communication
Workers are more prone to accidents and injuries if they do not know what to or are unsure of what is expected. This is especially true if there is no proper communication. It is important to have direct discussions of each day’s events and goals as this enables workers to project the day.
As a construction company, you need to equip workers with the right communication devices like walkie-talkies, smart-phones, or headsets. With no proper communication at the job sites, workers may be left in darkness not knowing what to expect. The communication should be clear and concise to make the project faster and also keep people well informed. When workers are unsure of the next action, they turn to guesses, which increases the level of accidents and injuries.
A construction company or project needs to have a safety committee comprising of employees from various levels. Construction workers should be involved in updating and reviewing the company’s safety programs. They should be involved in identifying potential risks and proposing safety measures.
There should be a corrective plan known to all employees and fully enforced and executed. As part of the safety program, there should be an accident response team made up of select employees with basic training in safety and first aid. By involving them in developing the safety program, workers will feel valued and appreciated, which boosts their morale and confidence. This open platform also enables them to openly share their safety fears and concerns.
Maintain proper documentation
It is good to maintain proper documentation of all events at the construction site if you are to properly enforce construction site safety. Documentation, registrations, and licenses enable a company to jump legal hurdles that may arise as a result of accidents and injuries. Contractors and supervisors assigned to different tasks need to produce their certifications before employment. This helps reduce accidents caused by improper training and protects the company from legal challenges and public scrutiny.
Provide proper equipment
Having the right equipment is a key pillar in building a strong safety profile. In addition, workers need to have ample working space to minimize squeezing. Using the wrong or faulty equipment is one of the key causes of accidents and injuries at construction sites. All
equipment at the construction site should be in good working condition and well suited to the job.
When planning a construction, also consider the equipment that is not directly related to the project but contribute to its success. The site should also have plenty of water and shady places to prevent dehydration and illness associated with exposure.