There’s an old saying that goes, “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.” And it’s true. We know this to be especially true when it comes to construction sites. No matter what type of commercial project it is, safety can and never should be undermined. But what does this mean exactly?
There are several aspects to ensuring the safety of the construction site, its crew, the machinery, and the area as a whole. Your team is likely already following a set of procedures and policies, most of which may refer back to the guidelines set by OSHA’s Safety and Health Regulations for Construction.
If you’re not already implementing these strategies, this blog post is an alarm as to why you need to be as well as a refresher into what safety entails for any job site.
Safety Solutions: Setting Clear Expectations
The purpose of the OSHA’s Safety and Health Regulations for Construction are to establish a set of core requirements and to answer any questions related to variances between industries within the realm of construction. Everything from the initial training requirements to accident preventions, sanitation standards, basic housekeeping practices, employee standards, operation of equipment, and much more is covered in this lengthy but absolutely necessary guideline. Each section relates back to responsibility. The personal responsibility of the the site manager and each team member. To convey these policies and general safety standards, it must begin with the upper management.
According to OSHA, workplace safety and health are internalized best when companies set the example from the start. They must communicate in an effective manner that delivers a clear message of where the company stands on injuries, illnesses, and employee responsibility. In doing so, this creates a culture of productivity and a non-threatening environment, which as you may know is challenging considering the nature of construction.
There are, however, practical ways of applying these concepts. We’ve compiled three ways of doing so:
- Plan Ahead
- Keep Inspections a Priority
- Pay Attention to the Environment
Here’s what each entails:
Planning involves making sure all work that is needed before construction begins is handled in a timely and efficient manner. This includes: filing paperwork and receiving approvals; notifying the correct entity regarding zoning to close off areas and making sure the public is also notified; making sure all machine operators are in good health; and inspecting all machinery and equipment.
2-Keep Inspections a Priority
Here at Southwestern Industrial Contractors and Riggers, we cannot stress the importance of inspections enough. If your site is using a mobile or overhead crane, you need to test for any possible malfunctions well before the operator gets behind the wheel. Otherwise, you risk serious injury or death. Inspections reveal any maintenance your crane or other heavy machinery may need. Plan to have an inspection done well before day one of construction so that all equipment and machinery is ready to go. As crane inspectors, we’ll examine everything from the chains, engine, breaks, hoist rope, hook, and essentially every part of the crane so that you can have confidence knowing your machine is in good, working condition.
3-Paying Attention to the Environment
The weather can be quite fickle here in the Sun City. This means that when an unexpected rainstorm hits, we need to halt construction. The same goes for high winds and any other type of dangerous weather conditions. When it comes to weather and operating heavy machinery, there’s no room for risk-taking. In addition to paying attention to the weather, it’s important that as a construction manager you pay close attention to your workers’ health and state of mind. If a worker appears fatigued, unalert, angry, or simply in a state of being that hinders his or her ability to safely and accurately perform their job, do not let them keep working. Workers in bad health are perhaps the greatest danger to construction sites; they put everyone at risk. Every person who steps foot onto a construction site holds some level of responsibility to the site as a whole. Make sure each member of your crew clearly understand their role and is physically and mentally able to convey their responsibilities.
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Reducing construction accidents, injuries, and death is the ultimate goal of project safety. With fewer accidents, the construction industry will remain one of the best industries to work for, which is a current topic of debate for many Americans. But we know firsthand that construction is fulfilling and rewarding on so many levels. We continue to spread this message through our dedication to quality, trust, and customer relations.