REDUCE WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS WITH EFFECTIVE SAFETY STRATEGIES

TIPS TO HELP YOU IMPROVE CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

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Reduce Workplace Accidents with Effective Safety Strategies

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.

 

Building a culture focused on construction safety

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.

 

How to establish a safe workplace on the job site and in the office

  • Make job site safety a priority by communicating consistently and frequently. Whether it's in a job posting for new hires or during the first discussion with potential contractors, be as direct as possible about safety being the top priority.
  • Explain the importance of safety and how it impacts employees and your company. Emphasize all major points, from the difficulties of being injured and out of work for staff to job slowdowns and damage to projects for the company as a whole. Make it clear that a lack of commitment to safety can impact everyone, while a commitment to it provides widespread benefits.
  • With the value of safety established, give workers the training and support they need. Provide job- and equipment-specific education, with occasional reviews and additional sessions when new equipment arrives.
  • Let them know they can always ask safety questions and point out potential hazards without fear of consequence.
  • Tell workers that doing things the safe way won't ever be penalized or looked down upon, and follow through on that commitment.
  • Make these commitments and requirements clear to contractors and set expectations from the beginning.

 

Utilize construction safety and heavy equipment resources

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.

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