4 Ways to Improve Construction Site Safety
Construction sites are not always the safest places for workers. Construction projects pop up in many awkward places to serve an existing need, including busy roadways, large industrial settings, and more. For precarious construction sites and even seemingly tame locations, you should take care to improve safety. To accomplish this, read through our ways to improve construction site safety.
Train your employees thoroughly when you hire them and stay focused on keeping up with their training as they are with you. Introduce them slowly to equipment they are unfamiliar with and be sure they require appropriate certifications if their responsibilities call for them. While more technical training immediately comes to mind, train softer skills such as communication, adaptability, problem solving, and more. These skills not only help workers attain future technical skills easier, but it also simplifies your construction operation. Certain social skills such as conflict resolution and teamwork help prevent work distractions from developing that could compromise the safety of many on the site. Also, workers’ organizational skills help them keep a chaotic environment in some kind of order without needing a supervisor’s constant attention.
Additionally, it’s difficult to prepare for every contingency while on the job. To address this, walk through worker responses to emergency situations. It’s important to be specific in these trainings too so workers can rehearse exactly how they may respond. Even if they don’t experience that exact scenario, it’s likely something they can adapt to emergencies that do occur.
To prevent these emergency situations from happening in the first place, designate people to inspect the construction site throughout the day. Frequent inspections are best because sites change quickly, meaning new threats may develop quickly. This helps establish a culture of safety and accountability as workers go through these inspections. The knowledge that you hold them accountable for the condition of the site motivates workers to keep the scene clean and clear of hazards. At the same time, these measures comfort workers by illustrating your willingness to promote their safety.
An additional strategy for improving construction site safety is making your communication clear and efficient. This comes with training as workers learn how to use shorthand to communicate about specific facets of a project, but there are some other steps you can take as well. You can also utilize quality commercial two-way radios to simplify how your teams relay information. Two-way radios’ only function, unlike cell phones, is to send and receive voice messages. Without any added distractions, you can be sure your workers don’t become sidetracked and risk their own and others’ safety while on the job. But they also are an effective means to communicate quickly. As soon as you press the talk button, you can transmit a message instantaneously hundreds of feet away. If your team is large, you can also adjust workers’ radio channels so they communicate with exactly who they intend to.
Maintain Your Equipment
You should also maintain your construction equipment to mitigate equipment failures that could endanger your employees. For heavy machinery, keep track of their fluid levels, check up on tire conditions, and make sure no electrical wiring becomes exposed. In general, document your equipment maintenance and refer back to it to know when to plan future repairs.
- Amethyst Jamiro