Regarded as one of the most dangerous occupations, construction work can be considered anything but fully safe. Heights, large and mobile equipment, edges, deep holes, and wobbling stairs are a reality in many construction sites, no matter how modern or careful the contractors claim them to be. Obviously, the employers do need to take care of the safety and security of the workers, but the workers need to keep in mind a lot of precautions themselves when working in such hazardous conditions. Job site safety should be the number one priority for any construction company. It’s the right thing to do, it helps improve morale and it keeps construction projects on schedule and under budget. Here are 4 important tips to ensurea safe working site:
- Planning beforehand: Long before a job starts, extensive planning should be done to identify which tasks will be taking place onsite and how best to plan for potential safety hazards. Project managers and field representatives should put preventive measures in place and communicate them to workers, and provide the appropriate tools and equipment.
- Being vigilant with electricity and equipment:Construction sites require a lot of electrical installations. Lifting equipment mostly involves electricity and weights. When working with such equipment, you need to be extra cautious to see there is no wear and tear in the machine. If you are unaware about safety precautions, seek help from a site supervisor or co-worker who has worked with the equipment before. It’s always wise to have preventive measures in hand rather than basing it upon chance.
- Efficient staffing: Another overlooked but pressing safety issue is worker exhaustion. The industry-wide talent shortage can make it difficult to appropriately staff jobsites, leading some companies to over-schedule workers in order to meet demanding construction schedules. But no matter how many preventive measures and education programs you put in place, it’s all for nothing if workers are too physically or mentally worn out to follow protocol.
- Promote safety as a culture: For a safety program to be successful, safety needs to be integral to a company’s culture. Education is one way to instil this. A construction training course is a valuable programme that ensures every worker has the same comprehensive knowledge that can be built upon during company trainings.While such safety programmes are geared toward safety directors, foremen and field supervisors, it is ideal if everyone in the company goes through the training to make sure the takeaways are spread across every level of the organization.