The number of construction accidents that happen each year is scary. You would think that, with all the health and safety regulations in place, it wouldn’t happen often. Still, humans make errors, and construction sites are one of the most dangerous places to work in this day and age.
If you are an employer and want to keep your staff safe, read further. Here are three great ways in which you can protect your workers on construction sites and limit the number of accidents that occur.
Purchase New Equipment as Needed
It can be tempting to keep using the same trusted tools for years because nothing has ever gone wrong. This doesn’t mean that a drill bit or scaffold won’t suddenly break, and it’s probably more of a reason to keep your safety equipment updated regularly. Construction sites often use the same tools for multiple jobs and, in some cases, this is fine, but in others, it can cause detrimental damage that you may just not be able to cover financially.
Think about your workers who have to use the same safety boots, hardhats, and jackhammers. These things are exposed to dangerous working conditions every day and should be bought in bulk. Encourage employees to use a different set of gloves or hardhat every few weeks to lessen the risk of them being broken or worn away.
Keep a Sanitary Work Environment
Construction sites are notoriously dusty and dirty. Most often there isn’t even running water on the property because the building is still being made. This can be a big issue when workers are on the ground for many hours, exposed to the elements for a long time.
The best way to get around this is to have a lot of portable restrooms that you hire out. It may be an extra expense but it will save you in the long run if one of your workers becomes dehydrated or cannot make it to the bathroom in time. Check these tips for managing your construction site's sanitation needs.
Never Assume Anything
This pertains to communication and training your workers. Never assume that because they have been doing the job just fine for the past few years, they will always remember everything. Perform regular safety seminars and training sessions. Look for new ways that you can improve current problems.
Never assume that your employers are safe because no accident has happened yet. It’s bound to happen at some point, and your employees need to be made aware of this constantly. Employees should be reminded of the risks of working on a construction site to make sure they are taking every precaution they can.
However, knowing the risks of working on a construction site is one thing. Managing it effectively so that your staff doesn’t get injured is another ballgame altogether. Although you have standard safety regulations in place, it doesn’t hurt to revisit these once or even twice a year to ensure you are doing everything you can to protect your employees on any construction site.