Working in construction is a dangerous profession. In your usual corporate workplace, an accident would simply be a pesky situation to the HR department but one in a construction site can result in fatalities that can destroy your company’s reputation. This is why there are not only ethical worries to consider but economical ones too. Here are some steps you can use to improve safety in sites and reduce life-threatening accidents.
First and foremost, an employee should be aware of what he’s getting into, including all the possible hazards, staying alert and avoidable risks. Before stepping foot on a construction site, a worker must familiarize himself with a safety checklist that will prepare them for how to avoid certain perils. Workers should also undergo certain formal training however that will keep them updated on standard practices. They’ll know the procedures to follow in any given scenario. Even experienced workers should ideally undertake some of these workshops periodically to refresh their knowledge. Practicing safety training on-site would greatly help them acquire the necessary skills and make them far more applicable.
Each worker needs to be equipped with the necessary technology (headset, walkie-talkies) to maintain clear communication with their superiors. Ideally, you would distinctly communicate your daily goals and activities to your employees so they know for the most part what to expect out of the day and are not taken by surprise- this could lead to accidents as they try to accommodate their new work into their schedule. By embracing proper communication, you enable transparency- every employee will be in the loop and this will help your project be worked on faster.
Usually to avoid any legal backfire and to ensure everything and everyone under your employment works in top shape, you need documentation. Especially those handling difficult or dangerous tasks need to hand in their certification to prove they’re well-equipped to handle the job. This eliminates the possibility of accidents occurring due to poor training and if any accident were to occur, the legalities wouldn’t be as harsh.
All construction companies know that equipment that isn’t taken care of properly will likely conk off faster. Using unstable equipment leaves you very much at risk of an injury. Yet, taking time off for regular inspections in the hustle and bustle of things are often forgotten. This is something supervisors need to see to. Make sure equipment is handled accordingly as well as schedule regular inspections. There are also more indirect methods of maintenance like using fabric structures to store equipment used in long term projects or covering up incomplete sites.
Get a third party to handle your rigging plans so that the rigging or lift plans are adjusted according to on-site equipment with minimized difficulty and maximized safety.
You can also hire them to manage unique lift plan services like preparation of multiple crane lift plans, re-rating cranes, testing its structural strength, etc. You’ll have a third party, expert assurance that your operations and equipment are well in order.
Using these steps you can improve the safety on-site for your employees.