Construction safety is very important. Construction sites can be quite dangerous. Developing and implementing safety policies is a must for every construction company. Here is one way you can develop your own construction safety program.
Develop a Written Safety Plan
You start by sitting down and developing construction safety goals. Once you have your goals written down, you can start figuring out how you’d like to achieve them.
Safety Policy Statement
A safety policy statement is a relatively brief statement about how your company will achieve construction safety. It should include training procedures and how management will support the safety of the team. The safety policy statement is basically there to say that there is nothing that is worth jeopardizing the safety of construction team members.
Support from Management
Everyone, starting with the owner of the company should treat construction safety policies with the same level of attention that they would give to other business aspects, such as budgeting or marketing.
Safety Responsibility and Accountability
Supervisors should know exactly what they are responsible for. If something goes wrong, they need to be held accountable. Consider developing an incentive program as part of your construction safety policy. This will help sites everywhere stay as safe as possible.
Develop Safe Behavior
A disturbingly high percentage of construction site accidents happen because workers and/ or supervisors are behaving inappropriately. Construction safety is not something that should be messed around with. Proper behavior is a must and can be developed through good, comprehensive training.
Perform Regular Audits of Job Sites
All job sites should be evaluated on at least a weekly basis to make sure all equipment is functioning properly and that the workers are staying on track.
Even if it’s a “near-miss”, all construction safety incidents should be investigated.
Proper Employee Training
In order to promote safety, employees should all be properly trained in the use of any equipment they may encounter in a given job.
Health and First-Aid Plan
Care should be taken to make sure a construction job doesn’t pose any health risks. Proper construction safety equipment should be worn at all times.
Site Security Plan
Along with proper construction safety, comes job site security. Be sure the site is protected from unauthorized access. Make the site fire resistant. Secure all tools when they are not in use.
Program Measurement and Review
Re-evaluate your construction safety plan on a regular basis to be sure that it is working properly. Your safety plan should evolve with your business.
Construction Safety from Concrete Visions
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