With the exception of public safety, few industries are more dangerous and prone to injuries than construction. Whether you’re the owner of the construction company or the manager on-site, you’re responsible for ensuring everyone’s safety. If you’re looking for some guidance on how to improve safety on a construction site, we’ve got you covered below. Read on to learn more.
Set Clear Boundaries With Signs
Many construction site injuries are easily preventable by simply identifying work zones. You can clearly identify specific work zones such as areas that utilize heavy equipment or hardhat areas with clear signage. Not only do signs prevent liability and accidents, but OSHA also requires clear signage on job sites. Failure to abide by OSHA’s regulations could result in a suspension of your building licenses, halting construction, and fines.
Maintain Equipment Regularly
Similar to our previous point, many accidents and injuries come from faulty equipment. Whether a tool, scaffolding, or heavy machine causes the injury––it’s likely that you could’ve prevented it through regular maintenance. To prevent equipment-related accidents, you should not only provide regular training but also daily maintenance checklists. Workers should complete the checklist before and after using the equipment. If you need help determining what you should include on the checklist, just run a quick Google search––you’ll get plenty of ideas.
Enforce Proper Communication
Poor communication is one of the most common reasons people get injured on a construction site, which is sad because communication is an easy fix. There are many methods for communicating better in construction. Unsurprisingly, it’s vital that you practice both active listening and clarity when communicating. If crewmembers don’t know what you’re talking about because you’re using jargon, it’s only going to confuse everyone. Ensure proper communication by speaking, clearly, consistently, and concisely.
Require All Crewmembers Wear Their Protective Equipment
In addition to signage, OSHA also requires construction workers to wear a specific uniform depending on the location and job site. In most scenarios, construction workers should always wear reflective vests, hardhats, and steel toe boots to prevent injury. As the crew’s leader, you must ensure and enforce that workers wear their protective equipment.
There are many ways to improve safety on a construction site, and many of them are very simple fixes. If you implement our suggestions, you should begin seeing the number of injuries and accidents on your construction site decrease.