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 unique hazards including 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 frequent training, developing of a positive safety culture, and committing to providing a safe and well-maintained work environment.
Understanding the value of safety for all employees 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: having respect for the rules and a strong understanding of them.
It's easy to train workers and send them on their way, but they are likely to push back if they don't understand the importance of a safe workplace. Having only a surface level understanding may not protect your employees from harm if they don't know how to follow guidelines.
There is a extensive library of informative training materials that offer guidance 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.