Time to celebrate the final week of National Safety Month with an emphasis on protecting your workers. Every construction crew needs to prioritize safety, and as a manager, you’ll want to focus on the best ways to prevent hazardous incidents in the workplace. Today we’re talking about 5 different ways to keep your team protected.
1. Confirm Your Outline
Careful strategizing is the key to a successful job. If you don’t create a specific plan for an operation and stick to it, there will be a number of issues. Sticking to the plan helps support staff safety. When your workers are appropriately assigned to different work zones during dangerous tasks, you can avoid a worker wandering into the wrong place without appropriate protective equipment.
2. Risk Management
Taking increased steps to prevent work injuries or deaths starts with assessing your risk. Studies show that liability can be higher in small companies, during the week, and during the day. Make sure you allow plenty of break time for your workers. Construction is no easy gig, so account for a way to give your workers some rest, as well as keeping them hydrated. If you have a particularly dangerous task scheduled, start the first day with a safety training recap to keep everyone educated.
Your job needs to be properly staffed in order to effectively maintain the safety of a project. Too few workers on–site, or even too many, can be hazardous. When you create your detailed project plan, take that time to assess exactly how many workers you’ll allocate for the job, breaking it down by job category as needed. The quality of your workers is important as well – don’t take just any basic laborer into the fold that may make a costly mistake.
A talent-shortage in your area can tempt you into thinking you can run a job short-staffed. If you do, you’re putting your entire team at risk. Expediting a project, or executing it with stretched-out shifts, can lead to worker exhaustion. When construction employees are overworked, they are twice as likely to make a dangerous mistake. Don’t let workers take extended shifts, and be sure they get the appropriate amount of time off.
5. Consistent Training
As we mentioned above, a recap on training can be helpful in anticipation of a hazardous task. However, it’s important that your entire crew is prioritizing safety, and that they know the takeaways of OSHA guidelines. A quick 30-hour construction course should be required of each construction worker, so you know they have been exposed to the important facts of safety as they navigate the industry. An employer can rest easier knowing they’ve given their employees the tools they need to succeed.
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