Steps To Take To Keep Your Jobsite Safe
Construction site safety is perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects during a construction project.
In most workplaces, accidents are typically just a nuisance for the worker and a headache for HR.
But at construction sites, accidents have the potential to be life-threatening.
Construction work is one of the most dangerous professions, and accidents on the job site can be severe.
Employers need to mitigate safety hazards to construction workers, and workers must take a lot of precautions themselves when working in such hazardous conditions.
Construction industry leaders must strive to safeguard their employees for ethical and economic reasons.
Below are several ways construction businesses can reduce workplace accidents and promote construction site safety.
Table of Contents
- Safer Climbing
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Ask The Right Question
- Safety Meetings
- Stay Safe
If you've only been up a ladder once you know that hand and foot placement is essential.
When you climb anything, make sure your boots are clean, and you are wearing gloves that offer a good grip in wet conditions.
Some sites and heights may require you to be harnessed to prevent you from falling. Always double check and make sure that the harness is free from tears and damage that could compromise your safety.
Always take an extra minute to check these things, so you are sure to spend the day at work instead of the ER.
Proper communication plans and techniques should be set up to alert everyone on your project site of potential hazards and safety procedures.
You can create a single page safety outline sheet that explains the rules of your site and who is in charge of the job site.
Everyone should be required to check in with someone when visiting your site so that they can be briefed on any current safety concerns before entering the site.
Having clear and constant communication about jobsite safety helps keep everyone aware of potential safety hazards and can stop an accident before it happens.
Before any worker can set foot on a construction site, they should be fully aware of the possible hazards.
Uninformed workers are perhaps the biggest dangers in any industry, as their unknowing mistakes have the potential to put everyone else at risk.
To become aware of such risks and how to avoid them, view OSHA Safety Check Lists.
It is the construction manager's job to make sure that every worker is aware of the dangers that come with working on a construction site, and they must protect workers from these dangers.
A manager that doesn't tell their crew and staff about how to avoid getting hurt and how to ensure safety is not only failing as a manager but failing those under their supervision.
Ensuring the safety of the construction workers and everyone on the site is the number one priority of any construction manager.
Before workers start working on the construction site, the safety guidelines and potential hazards should be discussed so that everyone is aware of the potential danger and how to avoid it.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
It's not as easy as throwing on a pair of leather gloves and a hardhat and calling it a day anymore. PPE is now a highly specialized industry.
Considering your hands are one of the most important tools that you own, you need the right gear.
Gloves are available that protect against cuts, abrasions, punctures, heat, open flame, oil, impact, chemicals, and cold temperatures.
Many gloves also offer a combination of these, so workers don't need to switch gloves throughout the day.
Hardhats, safety glasses, brightly colored vests, and many other PPE should be worn properly and in the correct areas. Not doing so could result in a serious injury that can affect you for the rest of your life.
Ask The Right Question
Too often, the question that workers ask themselves is, "Can I do this without getting hurt?"
That's the wrong question to ask.
That question results in workers regularly taking chances and allowing others around them to take chances as well.
To make your sites safer, get your workers to shift their perspective by asking questions like, "Would I let my daughter do that?"
When people look at things from a different perspective, they make better choices.
Ideally, construction workers fully understand the ramifications of inadequate safety precautions and act in a way that ensures site-wide well-being.
But we all know this is not a perfect world.
Every site needs a strong supervisor who capable of enforcing safety standards with no exceptions.
This supervisor must keep tabs on all employees throughout the day and correct those who fail to commit to proper construction site safety procedures.
Regularly scheduled safety meetings are a great way to keep the subject top of mind for workers.
When you perform a job every day, it's easy to become complacent and forget about small details that can turn into significant hazards.
Safety depends on everyone doing their job with the right equipment, skills, and awareness.
Because you can't count on every person viewing safety the same way, policies that outline your standards should be clear and available to all workers at all times.
An easy way to get people to take notice of their surroundings is to provide a checklist that will trigger them to look for certain things.
Create checklists for your project sites that get workers involved with checking the site for hazards.
These simple lists help keep safety on everyone's minds.
The ultimate goal for the construction industry is to reduce workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths to zero.
Above, we listed several ways to reduce the number of accidents on the construction site hopefully and to help keep employees and anyone coming onto the site safe.
Workers must have the right equipment, proper supervision, they must be innovative in finding ways to solve safety problems, and they must be transparent if such a safety incident occurs.
There is no set way to reduce the number of accidents to zero, but following these construction site safety practices will help pave the road to get there.
STEVENS has always taken pride in safety.
STEVENS Engineers & Constructors Environmental Health and Safety program provides the framework for the integration of safety into every job task we perform.
Our commitment to a Zero Accident Safety Policy allows us to offer our employees the tools they need to be successful and safe.
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