The construction industry is one that is hazardous by nature. Unfortunately, this means that there will always be accidents and injuries that occur on a construction site. Many of these are preventable, though, when health and safety is made a priority by everyone on site. This post will look at a few of the best ways to stay safe on a consultation site.
It is important that workers and visitors always have access to the correct and high-quality PPE while on site. PPE can provide vital protection against many of the major hazards on a construction site. A PPE kit can include hard hats, goggles, gloves, high vis clothing and steel toe boots. Staff should have easy access to this PPE and you need to enforce the wearing of this equipment while on the job.
While insurance will not protect against injuries and accidents, it can provide essential financial protection if there are any problems that arise on site. Make sure that you have sufficient insurance in place so that you are not liable if any compensation has to be paid to employees or third parties.
The best way to prevent accidents and injuries is with training. When staff know how to carry out tasks safely and efficiently, you greatly reduce the risk of a mistake being made. Therefore, you need to make sure that everyone that is working has been properly trained and knows what they are doing. In addition to this, you should also provide separate safety training for everyone so people know how to stay safe and what to do in an emergency – you can also hold regular refresher sessions throughout the project to keep the information at the forefront of people’s minds. You should also encourage staff to come forward if they have any questions, concerns or ideas regarding health and safety.
Sometimes, accidents happen not due to an employee mistake but because of faulty equipment and machinery. Therefore, all equipment, machinery and tools should be tested frequently and maintenance should be carried out. If there are any issues, you need to get the item fixed or replaced ASAP and wait until the problem is resolved before commencing work. In addition to reducing the chance of an accident, this also means that the work can be completed properly and to a high standard.
These are a few of the key areas to focus on to improve safety on a construction site. Construction is a hazardous industry, but often accidents and injuries are preventable and this is why health and safety must be a priority at all times. When you and your team make safety a priority, it will reduce the chance of an incident and keep the project running smoothly.