Construction is still considered to be a dangerous industry because most of the accidents are more likely to happen in this industry compared to all the others. This is why, if you are in this industry, you need to be careful about the safety measures you need to take to not damage the neighborhood or any of your workers.
What kind of hazards am I talking about? It can be an employee injury due to fallout, some property damage, or it can also be your machinery breaking down. These are just a few examples of what can happen at a construction site; the worst is that you can lose a human life and then get sued for millions of dollars.
So if you are in the construction business, you must go through our article and keep reading in which I have mentioned 5 ways with which you can protect you and your employee's safety as well.
5 Ways to Protect and Ensure Safety at your Construction Site
Did you know that the construction industry has seen the theft of nearly $46 million each year in the construction industry? By industry theft, I mean that construction vehicles are stolen overnight. Similarly, there are many construction site hazards that I am giving you workplace safety tips for below.
1. Create A Risk Management System
Before starting a construction project, you should create a risk management report that can assess the kind of risks that can be incurred and managed beforehand. This is a risk assessment report in which the entire site and all the types of equipment and the type of work to be done is analyzed, and therefore a safety plan is created as well.
Now you might think in a construction business; this might not be an important step, however, trust me, if you do not take this step initially, your business is going to suffer huge losses.
2. Invest In Quality Equipment
After the assessment, the second most important thing you need to make sure of is to invest in quality equipment and machinery. To save money, a lot of construction employees invest in low-grade or used machinery with a broken part and unfortunately end up paying a heavy price for it.
Let me give you a very simple example of equipment for better understanding. The ladder is the most common equipment that is used in construction sites, so if that ladder you get might be broken or be missing a piece, this can result in a massive fall for your employee and can cost you a lot as well.
So don't think about saving money when investing in construction equipment; get the best that offers a warranty as well, so in case something goes wrong, the fall goes on to the production company rather than a construction company.
3. Secure The Equipment
Another tip that I am going to give you is to secure the equipment that you got for your construction business. Every piece of equipment that you get usually comes with its own set of instructions and safety manual. So you must follow the instruction guide for each piece of equipment.
For example, if you got some heavy machinery, the manual of that machinery will have details on how to use it, how to keep it safe, how to turn it on or off after every use. Another thing you need to consider is where you have to place the equipment? If you place the equipment in a place where people usually walk occasionally, it might become dangerous for some people.
Similarly, it is also possible that your equipment needs to be kept indoors away from debris; in that case, you have to place the product accordingly. Some might need to be placed near the electric socket, so they are operational during the construction. etc
4. Secure The Construction Site
The next step is to protect the actual construction site; by that I mean, that you need to protect the interior from the dust and debris that is caused by construction which is extremely important in maintaining the safety of the construction site.
If you don't care about this, the pollution may affect all the workers, employees and contaminate the construction site as well. You can also install walls, ceilings, etc.
Here are a few more tips that you should consider while securing the site:
Use fencing, video surveillance, hire security personnel,
Document securing procedure ensuring the identity of who is entering the construction site and exiting it, use lighting to take care of the blind spots as well, keep records of all equipment and employees,
Get a gas certificate for your site, ensure proper use of equipment by the workers, make sure your workers are not loitering around after hours, etc.
5. Get Personal Protective Gear For Your Employees
The last safety tip that I will give you is to get protective equipment for your employees. This will protect you and your work equally. So what should you get as personal protective gear for your employees?
Let me help you there; Get cut-resistant gloves, masks, goggles, slip-resistant boots, hi-vis clothing, etc. You should also get head protective gear which can save a lot of you all from accidents etc.
Now You Know How to Make Your Construction Site Safe
Working in the construction industry is not easy; it has the highest hazards, and therefore many of us see a lot of unfortunate deaths and accidents happening. This is why it is the job of many constructors to employ these and many more construction site safety tips depending on the kind of work the job entails.
Warren Farrell said, "We always look at the 'Fortune 500,' and we say, men in power, but we don't look at the glass cellar as opposed to the glass ceiling and say, men also are the homeless, men are also the ones that are the garbage collectors. Men are also the ones dying in construction sites that aren't properly supervised for safety hazards."
Make sure you implement these 5 safety tips at your construction sites to ensure that these common men are well taken care of as well; therefore, ensure that you conduct risk assessment reports, get safe and quality equipment, do the safe placement of this equipment and get protective gear equipment for your employees.
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