The hazards of a construction site can be numerous, especially if you’re not being careful. Employers should be implementing a number of different precautions, but it can be tough to know where to begin. To best protect your employees, here are CCS Construction Staffing’s top ten ways to improve safety on the worksite.
1. Establish a Clear Safety Plan
Your workplace safety strategy is the key to productivity. Your operation should include specific pathways from day to day safety operations to emergency routes and crisis management. Accidents can happen, so you should be prepared. But also, communicating an overall safety plan can help prevent them.
2. Take Care of Tools
One hazard many managers may overlook is the quality and integrity of commonly used tools and equipment. If you have flawed or broken hand and power tools, that can lead to serious injury. Handles should have no splits or cracks. Any metal parts should have minimal wear and tear to keep tools in top shape, and mind the components and cords on power tools.
3. Prevent Slips and Trips
One way to improve workplace safety is to prevent those smaller slips and trips that can lead to bigger issues. Taking care of quick hazards is the best way to prevent big problems. Stow all cables and cords, making sure no stray objects are in a pathway that can cause an employee to trip. Floor treatment is also important to prevent slippage – clean any spills immediately and make sure surfaces are not sticky or dirty.
4. Keep It Clean
A tidy workspace is a safe one. Avoid cuts and scratches by stowing all tools and power equipment in their designated spots when not in use, and make sure they’re secured and locked away when necessary to prevent someone from being hit by a falling object. Appropriate storage also prevents punctures and bruises from misplaced or stacked items.
5. First Aid and CPR
When accidents do occur, it is absolutely essential that someone can step in and provide aid. We recommend (and many agencies require) that all construction employees are fully trained in CPR and First Aid for emergencies. Establish several first aid stations throughout your construction site, as well as multiple AED kits.
6. Stay In Contact
A communication plan is key! Make sure that all of your workers have an easy way to communicate with one another, whether it be via walkie talkie, cell phone, etc.
7. Ask OSHA
Managers should always be in the loop on OSHA regulations and training requirements. Stay up-to-date by monitoring their website and enforcing those policies by regularly updating overall employee training and seeking out extra opportunities when necessary if you have workers that need extra licensure or opportunities.
Personal Protective Equipment, more commonly referred to as PPE, is critical to construction site safety. Require all workers to wear hard hats, safety boots (preferably steel-toed), and protective eyewear like glasses or goggles. You also may need to require face masks or coverings where necessary.
9. Implement Drug Testing
To ensure the safety and level-headedness of all staff, you might consider substance testing. If employees are abusing alcohol or other substances while on the job, the risk for dangerous incidents skyrockets. Identifying those at risk and doling out the appropriate consequences can help you secure a safer workspace.
10. Plan For Weather
Construction workers are no stranger to turbulent weather conditions while getting the job done. However, make sure you prepare your workers appropriately to prevent delays. Project management includes accounting for weather conditions and ensuring your workers have access to the necessary equipment, such as umbrellas, ponchos, etc.
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