Construction sites are some of the most rewarding but dangerous places to work. You get to see something you’ve helped create come together before your very eyes, but the constant risks can make it a daunting profession. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve safety on-site and complete the job a lot more enjoyable for all involved. Today, we’ll be exploring five best practices for optimizing a construction site for safety.
One of the most common causes of avoidable accidents is poor visibility. When you can’t see correctly, it’s hard to work safely or efficiently, so it’s important that everyone can see exactly what everyone is doing at all times. One of the simplest ways to ensure this is by adding strategically placed lighting towers throughout the site. There are plenty of energy-efficient models available these days, and the slight bump in power consumption is more than made up for by improved safety and productivity.
Enforcing Strict PPE Guidelines
Wearing your full protective kit may be a bit of a drain in hot weather, but it wouldn’t exist if it weren’t necessary. All sites should enforce strict PPE guidelines down to even the smallest details. Your earplugs may not seem all that important at the time, but hearing damage due to prolonged exposure to loud and irritating noises is one of the most common issues faced by construction workers, so you’re better off just popping them in.
Unless you’re hunting career progression, it’s unlikely that you’ve been in a classroom since you finished your apprenticeship. However, the issue with this is that guidelines and precautions are always being updated, so you run the risk of not having the latest safety information. All construction companies should strive to hold regular training sessions for employees to keep them up to date on the basics. Optional extra training should also be supplied for those wishing to expand their skill set.
Regularly Cleaning And Servicing Equipment
We can all agree that construction machinery and equipment takes a fair amount of punishment. While this is entirely normal and designed to operate safely under these conditions, regular cleaning and servicing should be prioritized. This not only helps ensure safety but also boosts efficiency, which makes your life easier.
Finally, managing and reducing any stress your workers may be feeling is key to site safety. Stressed workers are distracted workers, and distraction can lead to disaster. You may not be the type to gather round for a group yoga session every Monday morning, but even something as simple as putting biscuits out with the coffee in the break room or implementing a mental health leave scheme can make a significant difference in all on-site.
Managing hazards is a crucial part of any role. It just so happens that when you’re working in construction, the risks (and the possible consequences) are more prominent. These best practices will help improve safety on your site, but staying safe is everyone’s responsibility at the end of the day.
Ensuring that you have appropriate policies and procedures in place, keeping staff up to date on training, and ensuring your site is well lit can significantly reduce occupational hazards. Looking after your crew’s wellbeing will also make work a safer place for everyone, and going home happy and healthy to friends and family is something we all want. We hope your next build is successful and wish everyone a safe and happy new year.