Safety should be the number one concern for construction companies of any size. It is your responsibility to keep employees, onsite contractors, and visitors safe at all times regardless of the project or location of the job site. Failing to keep people safe can lead to a wide range of negative consequences.
A construction site is home to a variety of enhanced and unique hazards including the heavy equipment, unstable working surfaces, potentially dangerous heights and being a generally loud and noisy environment. There are countless opportunities for injury and exposure to harmful substances with more than 10 million U.S. residents employed within the construction industry.
You can keep your job sites safe by offering consistent training, developing of a positive safety culture, and being committed to providing a work environment without preventable hazards and conditions that lead to them.
Knowing the true value of safety for all employees inside the office and out on the jobsite can help minimize the risk of workplace accidents. Many accidents are a result of a lack of knowledge or a failure to adhere of safety protocols. A successful safety culture rests on two major pillars: a respect for abiding by the rules and having strong understanding of them.
It's easy to train workers and send them on their way, but they are likely to push back when they don't fully understand the importance of a safe workplace. Similarly, workers can be encouraged to buy into the idea of a safe job site. However, that surface level understanding that may not protect them from harm if they don't know how to funnel that enthusiasm into following rules and best practices.
There is a wide variety of useful, practical guidance available for the construction industry. Consider reviewing the following to determine if they can improve your safety plan:
With effective training, an emphasis on promoting a safety-first culture, combined with adhering to safety best practices and regulations, your construction company can enjoy a safe workplace.