6 Steps to Improve Safety Compliance on your Construction Project
As you know, the construction industry is more prone to workplace related accidents and fatalities than any other industry, and is recognized as one of the most dangerous industries to work in.
Construction companies have a responsibility to provide safety and health training to their employees, provide proper PPE gear and update equipment as needed, and ensure that their employees are safety compliant.
At SentriForce, we firmly believe that our team members are our most important assets and that their safety is our greatest responsibility. That is why we feel the need to discuss 7 steps to improve safety compliance on your construction property.
We hope that this can be beneficial to both General Contractors, Tradesmen, and any construction related-roles to prevent and reduce any unwanted events.
Step 1: Educate and Remind All Workers of the Potential Risks and Injuries
The first step to creating a safer jobsite and improving safety compliance is to educate and remind all workers of what risks are present. Every construction worker must have a thorough construction risk assessment before they can step foot on site. Being able to identify hazards, evaluate risk, and control the risk can drastically improve the safety of the jobsite.
We also recommend holding a safety meeting and orientation weekly to remind workers of the potential risks and injuries that can happen on a jobsite. This will help enforce safety compliance as workers sometimes become too comfortable in their daily activities and forget the dangers of their work environment.
Step 2: Remind workers of OSHA requirements
If your workers aren’t afraid of losing their lives, maybe they are afraid of losing their jobs.
Due to the dangerous nature of construction sites, safety rules and regulations are strict.
If an employee refuses to be safety compliant and suffers an accident, the construction company can be held liable. It is important to remind and reinforce safety compliance and keep a strict record of repeat offenders.
Effective and clearly-communicated safety policies with a matching disciplinary program are crucial to any safety program. If your employees don’t know what’s expected of them, you can’t fault them for making mistakes.
Step 3: Encourage employees to address concerns regard their own safety and others around them
If you don’t already have open lines of communication between employees and managers, it is important that you implement it.
Employees may be afraid to raise safety concerns or ask questions if it means getting someone or themselves in trouble.
They are the ones who will notice and encounter hazards before anyone else.
Encouraging your workers can help make the workplace a safer place for everyone.
Step 4: Develop a Jobsite Safety Program
Developing a site specific safety plan with the guidance of owner/managers is important as it will set the expectations of the workers’ duties and routines. Adding safety check-ins and equipment inspections are integral to maintaining a safe workplace.
Ensuring that equipment is clean and taken care of will help improve safety compliance.
Step 5: Continued Training
A strong, thorough, and routine training program is one of the major factors in improving safety compliance on your jobsite. It is crucial to have the training program cover in-depth the risks, safety precautions, and rules that are required to the task or job they are doing. The training program should also cover why they need PPE, when they need to wear it, how to wear it, how to inspect it, and how to take care of it.
It is highly recommended to re-test all workers’ knowledge of safety and risk to confirm that they are prepared and ready to start working safely.
Employing all these steps will help increase safety compliance on your jobsite and improve the safety and security of your workers.
Step 6: Find Additional Compliance Assistance Information
It is difficult at times to create safety programs, training, and guidelines from scratch. Fortunately, there are fully created safety policies and training materials available online.
We recommend building upon other successful safety policies and training materials or adding some steps to your own already established policies to be more effective.
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