The construction industry is one of the most dynamic in the world and is projected to grow in the coming years. If you are part of this industry, you belong to a group of diverse workers ranging from plumbers to bricklayers, catering to different sectors such as commercial and civil construction, domestic housing construction, and trade services.
Whether you are new to the construction industry or a seasoned veteran, you are probably aware of the many occupational hazards involved in this job. From fragile surfaces to heights that require workers to hop on layers of scaffolding, 3ssafety.co.nz says that many things could go wrong in a poorly managed construction site; hence, the need for workplace safety protocols.
On the Road to Safety
Risk assessment and pre-construction safety inspection and management should always be the first priorities for any project even before they begin. Adequate training of workers is of utmost importance as well.
During a project’s progress, follow these tips for continued safety assurance:
Communication- A single page Safety Outline Sheet should be disseminated to everyone involved in the project. This outline should include safety procedures and potential hazards, and updated if necessary. Attention-grabbing posters and signage can be used for safety management too.
Morning Huddle- Before the workday officially starts, workers should be reminded of not only their responsibilities but of safety rules and protocols as well.
Site safety equipment- Construction firms should invest in reliable site safety equipment. Doing this will always prove cheaper compared to the prospect of paying workers’ compensation for on-site accidents determined to have been caused by employer’s negligence.
In Australia, at least 8% of the construction industry workforce are young people. There are a lot of young lives to protect in the industry. If you happen to work in the construction industry, always be mindful of safety procedures–for you and everyone else.