Safety within any industry is crucial to ensure workers and the public aren’t harmed in anyway. This is more important within certain business sectors such as construction.
Construction sites have the potential to cause serious injury or even death to workers and the public if the correct safety measures aren’t followed!
Let’s take a look at a few ways to ensure that safety on your construction site is at the best it can be!
Use of Fencing & Safety Equipment
You’re probably thinking ….. yes of course! Why wouldn’t safety equipment and things like fencing be used on a construction site?
Well you’d be surprised with some construction sites because simple safety equipment can sometimes be overlooked and this can lead to disastrous accidents which can easily be avoided.
Making sure a construction site uses temporary fencing is important to ensure members of the public can’t gain un-authorised access to any dangerous areas.
Other safety equipment such as hearing protection, face protection (where grinders are involved), chemical splash goggles and protective gloves. The list does go on and on of course but we’d be here all day listing everything.
It’s crucial that each construction site has the safety equipment needed based on the different machinery in use.
There are plenty of companies that provide building supplies and safety equipment so make sure you have the right equipment – there’s no excuse!
If a construction site has all of the necessary safety equipment, then you may think that’s the job done and there won’t be any accidents.
Well you’d be wrong because even with the safety equipment present, it’s not to say that workers will use the equipment 100% of the time.
One way to ensure the safety of all workers on a construction site is to only allow people on site if they’ve been made fully aware of all the dangers and the safety equipment that is available for use.
It is the job of site managers to ensure the safety of all workers and awareness of dangers is one of the most crucial elements.
Another element that is absolutely crucial for any workers on a construction site is training. This element is sometimes overlooked which can prove to be fatal!
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other organisations do publish lots of training material to help businesses train their workers so it would be wise to make use of these resources.
Not only should this training be carried out when a worker first engages within a contract, it should be carried out on a regular basis. This should help their knowledge of safety on site at the forefront of their mind.
Another element that will help keep a construction site safe is good communication. It may seem like common sense but it’s such a crucial aspect on site.
It would be a good idea to ensure each worker knows what’s happening on site at the start of each day. It could also help to equip your workers with walkie talkies, lone worker alarms or possibly headsets so that workers can talk more regularly to ensure accidents are kept to a minimum.
So these elements are just a few ways in which construction sites can ensure the safety of all workers and the public too!