If you are working in the construction industry, you are putting your life on the line every day. You are risking your life while you work on the construction site and you are risking other people’s lives if you fail to follow the safety procedures and protocol at work. 5,190 laborers die while they’re on the job. The numbers can go up if construction companies don’t implement the necessary safety standards at every site.
Creating an Accident-Free Construction Site
If you own a construction company, or you are in charge of a construction site’s safety, you have the duty and responsibility to ensure that all safety measures are done to lessen your worker’s risk of getting into an accident. If you are a worker, you have the responsibility to follow the company’s safety standards to keep yourself and your fellow workers safe while working on the construction site.
- Conduct daily roll call and attendance. Check your workers’ attendance before and after each workday. Take time to do workforce accounting to check if someone is absent or did not report for work. Everyone must be accounted for to ensure that no one is missing at the end of the day.
- Wear safety gear. A construction site is one of the most hazardous places to work. Therefore, you must protect yourself from falling debris and other construction-related hazards. All employees working on a site must have the appropriate safety equipment such as hard hats, safety shoes, harness, and reflector vests to protect themselves from potential accidents. If anyone is not wearing the prescribed safety gear, he or she must not enter the construction site.
- Conduct proper training. All employees must be aware of their duties and responsibilities whenever they enter a construction site. They can only learn about them through adequate training. Companies must orient workers, supervisors, and anyone who are going to be assigned in a construction site regarding the proper ways to respond to emergencies, how to apply first aid, and how to keep the site safe.
- Secure scaffolding. It is crucial to keep all scaffolding safe at all times. Only competent and experienced workers should handle and assemble the scaffolding. It helps prevent workers who are not familiar with scaffolding installation from doing the task. Keep in mind that scaffolding can carry workers only up to a specific weight. Therefore, it is important to inform everyone about its capacity. Supervisors should conduct a routine checkup to assess whether the scaffolding needs adjustments or rebuilding.
- Ensure fall protection. There are times when workers need to do roofing installations that require them to climb in elevated areas. It is essential to install fall protection to lessen your workers’ risks of getting into an accident. Safety harness must be worn at all times. Safety nets should also be installed.
Everyone who is working in a construction site must know his or her responsibilities. Cooperation and discipline are needed to maintain the safety while on a site. Owners and contractors must keep their workers safe. The workforce has the responsibility to know the safety measures and follow them. In case you are involved in a construction accident, you can seek legal advice to file a claim against the negligent party.