Safety On Construction Sites
Safety on construction sites is important, so what better way to remind your workers and employees of top construction site safety tips. Here are 5 of the most important ones:
1. Make safety your culture
The best general contractors have a culture that prioritizes safety. Employers should provide ongoing construction safety training for all workers. When workers are educated, they can recognize hazards and implement the procedures required to minimize hazards. This training should include all employees, not workers on the site because all employees may be exposed to a fall hazard at some point. A culture of safety means more than having extensive safety measures. It requires all subcontractors, workers and employees to be proactive in maintaining safety standard. Prioritising safety from the get-go forms the foundation for the remaining four tips
2. Read ahead
Yes, read! Every job site is different. Workers should read up on the safety standards and familiarize themselves with the job site prior to starting each job. Ensure all systems such as fall protections systems are provided and properly installed. Employers should ensure that the work site is inspected daily to guarantee that all systems are in place and equipment are safe to use.
3. Gear Up!
This seems obvious, but you’d be surprised by the number of workers and employees that don’t wear protection gear. Or the number of employers who don’t provide their workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Workers must always wear hard-hats while on or around the site – whether they are actively working or not. Hi-vis vest should always be worn both during the day and at night. Eye and face protection must be worn where flying objects are a hazard. Gearing up with the proper protection reduces the risk of injury on a construction site. Employers should provide the necessary protection gear to workers free of charge in accordance with the standards set out by the American National Standards Institute.
4. Handle with care
Improper handling of machinery is one of the number one causes of injury. Employers must make sure employees are trained in the proper handling of equipments where necessary. Workers should take extra care when getting on and off equipment. Wearing the necessary personal protective equipment(PPE) when using machinery can also help enhance the level of safety on a construction site.
This is probably one of the most important construction site safety tips. Construction sites are usually busy with multiple things going on simultaneously. Employers should train workers to look out for one another. One worker may identify a safety hazard that another worker missed. Workers should be proactive in ensuring their site is a hazard-free zone and report all potential safety hazards to a foreman.
These tips may seems like ‘common sense’ but ‘common sense’ isn’t common! Observing the above can help foster a culture of safety among your workers.