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Strategies for Safeguarding Construction Workers

Strategies for Safeguarding Construction Workers

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Construction continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs that a person can do, but it doesn’t need to stay that way. Construction managers and business owners can take the proper steps to anticipate issues and manage risks so their teams can thrive and do their best work. Here are a few tips for safeguarding your construction workers.

Be Proactive To Prevent Risks

The first step to protecting the workforce is staying aware of the potential risks so they don’t become a reality. Falls from great heights due to loose scaffolding continue to be an issue. As can the potential to be struck by falling tools and other moving objects on the job site. Some risks likely occur all day, but many don’t think about them, like the constant loud noise that can affect hearing and repetitive use of tools that can lead to hand-arm vibration syndrome.

Many dangerous scenarios can occur on the job site, so managers and supervisors must stay on top of things and constantly remind workers of the dangers. Start with safety meetings at the beginning of each shift. Advise the workers of the particular risks of this project and ensure that everyone has their safety gear on and that it’s in good shape.

Management must also make it clear to the team that they’re always there and ready to listen if an employee has a safety concern. Once an opinion is voiced, it’s essential to provide a solution and inform the rest of the team. If workers aren’t coming forward, make the safety suggestion box anonymous.

Plan To Mitigate Those Risks

With the knowledge that risks will exist, it’s essential to have strategies in place to prevent harm, and one of them is to create a risk assessment before any big project. Consider any possible threat and have an answer to protect against it. Think about every aspect of the job and the likelihood of an incident. If the risks are too significant for your employee’s well-being, consider stalling the project until a better plan is implemented.

Also, try automating tasks to remove humans from the equation entirely. For instance, many machines, from diggers to forklifts, can be fitted with robotic technology and sensors to prepare the grounds with minimal human involvement. Robotics can often also be used to mix concrete and hazardous materials.

Management can also mitigate risks by conducting regular equipment maintenance checks daily as the project goes on. Ask employees to check electric saws and other potentially dangerous tools before use. Don’t forget to maintain larger machinery, including cranes and trucks, to thwart a potential malfunction.

Offer Smart Benefits

It’s also essential to supply the workers with a solid benefits package that gives your staff the tools to prevent injury and help them if they are hurt. A good employee benefits package should include:

● Strong healthcare options

● Life insurance

● Care for vision and dental

Pair the insurance with a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) to help employees pay for their care.

In addition to the health benefits, offer the option of a flexible schedule and a work-life balance. If employees are struggling at home or they’re working long hours without breaks, the possibility of exhaustion and a potential accident increases. Allow the staff to modify their schedule when necessary, and they can give their all every shift.

Finally, ensure that your company follows worker’s compensation guidelines so injured employees can get reimbursed for lost wages and medical expenses. Ensure that every worker knows about the safety standards you set at your company. Share it online or via social media so everyone is informed and takes the proper steps on the job site.

Safety needs to be the number one priority for construction workers, and the smart approaches discussed here provide a great starting point.


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