Jobsite safety should be the number one priority for any construction company. The goal is always to finish projects on time and under budget, but it’s even more crucial to ensure that each worker makes it home to their families each night. As the new year approaches, we should all make a pact to improve safety on the jobsite. Here are four ways we can do just that:
Long before a job starts, extensive planning should be done to plan for potential safety hazards. Project managers and field representatives should put preventative measures in place and communicate them to workers, and provide the appropriate tools and equipment to keep everyone safe.
One-third of all construction fatalities are a result of falls, making them one of the most critical safety issues for which to plan. COMMANDassurance by Command Alkon can help to prevent slips and falls from concrete mixer trucks while in transit to a jobsite. Visibility into the properties of the fresh concrete can eliminate unnecessary stops to climb atop the truck and add more water to the mix.
More injuries usually occur on industrial sites. Encourage frequent safety meetings and perhaps more stringent safety protocol that accounts for the dangers unique to industrial building.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reported that small construction companies with one to nine employees account for a much higher fatality rate (26 per 100,000 workers annually) than larger firms. If you are at a smaller company, don’t make safety planning any less of a priority.
Prevent Wearing Down Employees
The industry-wide talent shortage can make it difficult to appropriately staff jobsites, leading some companies to over-schedule workers in order to meet demanding construction schedules. It doesn’t do any good to implement preventative measures and education programs if workers are too physically or mentally worn out to follow protocol.
Companies can help prevent worker exhaustion, and improve retention, by limiting extended shifts, ensuring employees aren’t working too many hours and taking possible talent shortages into account when creating the project schedule.
Implement Safety into Company Culture
For a safety program to be successful, safety needs to be part of a company’s culture. Regular safety events, onsite and off, that teach workers about the latest regulations and give refreshers about existing ones are also critical to promoting a culture of safety. The goal to “Start Safe – Finish Safe” should be a core value that is implemented in each and every employee.