How To Minimize Casualties on Your Construction Site
By Dan Coconate
No one wants to deal with a workplace injury, especially on a construction site. Practicing prevention will help minimize potential casualties.
Injuries on a construction site are serious, which is why developers do everything they can to prevent them from happening. Some are fatal or could lead to permanent disability.
Taking the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen is the responsibility of everyone on the site. Keep reading to learn how to minimize casualties on your construction site.
Follow the Protocols
The rules are in place for a reason—they keep everyone safe on and off the job site. Make sure you establish clear safety procedures and protocols, and more importantly, make sure everyone adheres to them. Leave no room for interpretation.
Post signs around the site to remind everyone of the guidelines and regulations. Appoint safety officers on the site if necessary. The site manager can’t be everywhere at once, so another set of eyes to look out for potential dangers will benefit everyone.
Wear the Gear
It’s about form and function. Safety gear is non-negotiable; everyone on the site needs to wear protective gear. If the client decides to visit one day, they also need to wear protective items. Usually, they’ll wear protective headgear.
Make sure the client knows the difference between a hard hat and a bump cap. They shouldn’t step on the site with only a bump cap. Provide total protection and coverage with a hard hat. That goes for everyone else on the site.
Maintain the Equipment
Faulty or damaged equipment will only lead to an accident. Never let anyone work with tools that don’t operate to the best of their ability—that’s a recipe for disaster. Stop working immediately if you or anyone on your crew need to adjust or alter the way they complete a task because of damaged tools.
Keep all the equipment safe, secure, and in working condition. Anything less than that simply doesn’t cut it. Ensure the equipment is shut off and put away properly at the end of every work day. Never leave anything out in harsh weather conditions. It will only damage the equipment, slow the project’s timeline, and potentially injure a member of the crew.
A construction site needs regular safety inspections. You can’t go an entire job without doing thorough safety checks. The supervisor, safety teams, or other leaders need to conduct these checks before operations proceed.
Check for hazards and potential threats. If you find anything, take the necessary steps to eliminate them. If certain problems don’t have quick solutions, don’t hesitate to shut down the site until you’ve resolved them. No job is worth the safety of your crew.
Minimize the casualties on your construction site and keep everyone happy, safe, and employed.
About the Author
Dan Coconate is a local Chicagoland freelance writer who has been in the industry since graduating from college in 2019. He currently lives in the Chicagoland area where he is pursuing his multiple interests in journalism.
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