Construction: How to create a safer working environment
Those working in construction will know how dangerous it can be. Here we take a look at how employees and employers can create a safer working environment.
In any working environment, the safety of employees is paramount. When it comes to construction, the risk of harm becomes even greater than in normal working conditions, making it even more important to ensure a safe environment. Not only does a single work site need to be safe, but so do operations across the whole organisation.
Should professionals working in construction find themselves in a situation where they have not had the proper training or experience to know how to conduct activity in a proper manner, they could be at risk of harm.
To foster a healthy and safe work environment, preventative measures against accidents are crucial. However, some businesses may not be fully aware of the workplace safety regulations, or they may not be fully equipped to handle unforeseen circumstances.
Here we take a look at how professionals in construction can create a safer working environment.
One way to prevent accidents from taking place includes making sure the buildings you work with or in are safe. This means getting your worksite inspected on a frequent basis to make sure it doesn’t have any hazards that could easily be avoided. Small safety measures really can go a long way. For example, it could be worth laying mats out near areas that can be slippy, or providing helpful precautions to give construction workers peace of mind knowing that their wellbeing is being accounted for by senior staff.
A happy workforce is key to productivity. Workers appreciate it when their employer listens to their opinions, so it's useful to set aside time every now and again to discuss safety rules and the general working environment. Here, managers and supervisors can assess the overall quality of the measures that are currently taken as well as highlighting potential hazards that have previously been unnoticed.
A healthy workforce
Employers should encourage health code standards, which can be difficult when working in construction. Smalls signs dotted around a site will remind workers to take every step necessary to make the environment healthy and safe.
Workers that are of poor health can often cost a business, with high numbers of sick days. In addition to this, if your workers' health isn’t up to scratch, their judgement could suffer, which is dangerous in a construction setting. To avoid this, employers should be flexible in letting their workforce attend doctor appointments, encourage a good work life balance and reward workers when they do well.
Proper uniform and equipment
Having the proper equipment to hand and wearing the right uniform when at work is highly important for construction businesses. Depending on their role, workers may require protective headwear, sustainable footwear and high-visibility uniforms, among other items.
Uniform and equipment should also be reissued when it becomes worn as it may compromise safety. Supervisors should say on top of uniform regulations from the moment their employees arrive at work to the second they leave.
Correct emergency procedures
While construction employees will usually work outdoors, it is still vital that they are aware of emergency routes and procedures. Employers must make their workforce well aware of these procedures, mapping out elements like exits and assigned posts.
While these tips cannot promise the entire safety of a workforce, they can help prevent accidents in the workplace and ensure workers achieve a healthy balance between workplace security and overall productivity.
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