Health and Safety is not a matter which should be taken lightly. Safety should be the topmost priority when it comes to the construction industry. This kind of industry is prone to many hazards and accident potential. The major type of accidents which causes serious injuries and at times death includes falls, contact with exposed power lines, collapsing of materials, machine malfunctions etc. These accidents can be avoided by implementing proper protocols and guidelines.
Here are 6 guidelines that one should follow to reduce workplace accidents and promote construction site safety.
1- Awareness– Before setting foot on a construction site one should be fully aware of the possible hazards. Understanding beforehand the possible risks and then becoming situationally aware, can help in reducing the number of accidents tremendously. Construction managers should make sure that every worker must be aware of the dangers.
2- Communication– Accidents are more likely to occur when workers are unaware and unsure of what to expect. There should be clear and crisp communications between the workers, not only it will make the project go faster but will also keep each person informed. Workers should be provided with walkie-talkies or headsets which will allow them to have proper communication among team members.
3- Proper Equipment– To create the best culture centered on construction area safety, proper equipment must be provided to the workers. Without proper equipment, there’s always an opportunity for fatal errors leading to major accidents and casualties. All the machinery and equipment should be properly maintained.
4- Supervision– Strong supervision should be kept. A supervisor should be present all the time to ensure the enforcing of safety standards without any exception. A proper tab should be maintained throughout the day regarding proper construction site safety procedures.
5- Documentation– A proper document should be maintained about what all is going on the site. To avoid any legal lawsuits, it is essential to get all the proper registrations and licenses before the work begins as any safety hazards that make out to the media will automatically look back for construction firms.
6- Training– Many common construction hazards can be avoided if proper training is provided to the workers. It is critical that every worker must be provided with safety training on regular basis, not only it will help in reducing the number of fatal injuries but will also help in reducing the overall construction costs.
The ultimate goal for any construction industry is to reduce the accidents, fatal injuries, and death to zero. In addition to these points, workers must be innovative in finding easy and quick ways to solve problems. They must be transparent about the problems if they occur. There is no particular way to reduce the number of fatalities to zero, but these 6 steps can easily help you carve a path towards a safe working environment.