Those who work in the construction industry have a heightened risk of getting hurt on the job. However, there are many steps that employers and workers can take to reduce the risk of an injury on the job. Ideally, employers will spend time each day looking for hazards and finding ways to mitigate them. Workers should also take time to look for hazards and report any that they find to their employers. Here are some things that you as a contractor can do to help make sure that your workplace is safe for your workers.
Establish Safety Guidelines
Safety training can help reduce work-related injuries as well as the incorporation of ergonomic equipment, safe-lifting guidelines, and the availability of adequate safety gear. There are a variety of specific guidelines that a company can introduce such as mandating that workers wear hard hats while on a construction site. They may also mandate that employees lift heavy objects with partners or take frequent breaks when working in hot weather. Employers can motivate workers to comply with these rules by fining or suspending anyone who fails to do so. Employees can help to protect themselves by reporting unsafe behaviors to management or to OSHA. As a general rule, workers cannot be retaliated against for reporting a company to the agency.
Workers can encounter many hazards including objects falling from heights or inhaling toxic dust or other chemical fumes. It may be possible to remove toxic fumes or dust by using air filtration systems or by using wet drills to cut rock or concrete. There can still be ways to protect workers—even in situations when hazards cannot be entirely avoided. For instance, signs could be put up near power lines or other sources of electricity so that workers know that they need to be careful. The signs could also list steps that can be taken to minimize the chances of being electrocuted. Workers should know that they are allowed to stop working if they honestly believe that their safety is in jeopardy while on the job.
Have Regular Safety Training Sessions
New workers can benefit from a thorough training program that teaches them how to use machines or wear protective equipment properly. Furthermore, they should be allowed to shadow experienced workers to see how to do a job properly. Training sessions can be beneficial for veteran workers as they could develop bad habits over time. Going over various safety rules and best practices can help to break them of those habits and minimize the chances of an accident occurring. Furthermore, there is a good chance that safety rules have changed since they first started working. Therefore, seminars or other learning experiences can help them to evolve and grow as their industry does.
Worker safety should be a company’s top priority regardless of what industry it is in. Injuries can cost companies thousands of dollars while tarnishing their brand and reputation as a good place to work. Therefore, it is a good idea to implement a safety plan regardless of how much it costs to do so.