Friday, February 17, 2017

Cement These Construction Safety Essentials Into Your Everyday Operations



Keeping everyone safe in the construction industry can seem like a mammoth task. There are lots of things that could go wrong, and you need to take as many precautions as possible. That isn’t always easy when your company employs hundreds of contract workers to get the job done. However, there are steps you can put in place to avoid major issues. I’m going to offer up some tips today for all building firms in operation. If you want to make money without having to deal with injuries and hassle, it makes sense to pay attention to my advice. Don’t worry too much if you’re just starting out because nothing on this page is complicated. Still, it could mean the difference between making a killing and ending up in court. 

Always provide ALL workers with the correct safety equipment 

Firstly, and most importantly, you need to purchase lots of safety equipment for your team. Of course, you can ask contractors to provide it themselves. However, you’re still going to require backup supplies in case they forget. The last thing you want to do is send someone home and lose a talented professional for the day. At the very least, you are going to need protective goggles, and steel toe capped footwear. Still, it’s possible you could have to buy a lot more than that. So, now is the best time to assess the needs of your employees and ensure you have everything ready for the working day. Failure to do that could mean injury claims cripple your firm. 

Never let anyone work when they are under the influence 

For whatever reason, many contract workers drink alcohol and take drugs to unwind. While you shouldn’t accuse someone without cause; you can’t let people work if they’re under the influence. That is why you should keep a breathalyzer and 6 panel drug test handy at all times. If you think it makes life easier, check everyone as they arrive each morning. They will soon get used to the process, and it should encourage them to drink less at night. We all know how long alcohol can stay in the human body, and so there’s a good chance you’ll catch people out. Don’t feel bad about that because it’s their fault at the end of the day. 

Perform risk assessments for every task on the building site 

Risk assessments are a legal requirement in the construction industry. If someone injured themselves doing a job, and you didn’t alert them to the dangers, you could get in trouble. Depending on how much time and money you have, you could tackle that process in a couple of different ways. Firstly, you could go around and manually perform the assessments yourself. However, that would take a long time, and you probably have more important things to be doing. Secondly, you could all a specialist and outsource the entire task. That is going to require an investment, but it means you cover all the bases.

So long as you cement those safety essentials into the daily running of your operation, you shouldn’t encounter too many issues. As we have already said, it’s impossible to predict every stumbling block you might face. However, as we have shown, there is a lot you can do to avoid common problems.

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