Site safety is one of the best investments a construction firm can make. It has handsome returns: lesser loss in production and revenue, and fewer prosecutions and bad press to worry about. Moreover, an excellent safety record adds to the company’s brand name and attracts talented workforce.
Does your company boast of excellent site safety? Do you want to know how can construction companies build a safe environment on site?
Well, you are at the right place!
1) No CSCS Card = No entry to site
All major construction companies live by this rule and so should you. CSCS Card demonstrate that the tradesman is not only qualified in his work but also well trained to identify and reduce health and safety hazards at sites. Make sure all the workers must own a relevant CSCS Card. Being lenient on this rule is like being lenient on on-site hazards. Be very mindful of it.
2) Training is never final or futile
It does no harm to update the safety knowledge of your CSCS Card holder workforce. Give them further safety training if the job requires it. Conduct toolbox safety talks and field safety inspections regularly to ensure workers know and stick to proper safety procedures. Depending on the work and designation, brief every worker once in a while about what is expected of him and how s/he can contribute to making the site safer and healthier.
3) Ensure proper protective gears
See to it that all workers use proper uniform, equipment/tools and safety gears. Carry out regular checks for strict implementation. Replace faulty equipment/tools and safety gears if need be.
4) Mark areas and stuffs that are dangerous
Uninformed decisions and negligence often lead to fatalities. Notify workers about dangerous areas and stuffs by marking them as such – put up posters, signage and barricades whatever is required. Heavy electric equipment, suspended loads, toxic chemicals, wet and slippery patches etc. are few such hazards that must be marked. Train your workers on how to identify and avoid such hazards.
Try to keep your sites clean and clutter-free as much as possible. The cleaner and more organized your site is, the safer the work environment would be.
5) Turn safety practice into a habit
Most accidents are result of trying to cut corners to save time and efforts. With checklist, a worker needs to do stuffs in a standard and safer way. When workers start to live by safety procedures, you can say the company is in safe hands.
6) Learn from mistakes
For all your safety efforts, few hazards might slip off your radar resulting in some accidents and near misses. Review and learn from such incidents. Identify root causes so that corrective action can be taken and future incidents can be prevented.
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