Safety on the construction job site is something that should be revisited every year by business owners and site managers alike. The safety and health regulations for construction put out by OSHA every year may only change slightly, but it’s safety guidelines like these that are generally pushed aside as construction workers enter their busy season, which can be a dangerous mistake.
Open Up New Lines of Communication
One of the best tips for construction site safety is communication between workers. Even a 15-minute meeting with workers to remind them of basic safety tenets can make a significant difference.
Despite many construction workers admitting that these rules are common sense, 20.5 percent of the 4,251 worker fatalities in the private industry in 2014 were related to the construction industry.
The top causes of death, known as the “fatal four” by OSHA, breakdown as such:
Falls — 349 out of 874 total deaths in construction in CY 2014 (39.9%)
Electrocutions — 74 (8.5%)
Struck by Object — 73 (8.4%)
Caught-in/between — 12 (1.4%)
A lot of workplace injuries and deaths can be avoided by encouraging workers to open lines of communication with one another while working. Everyone should always be aware of what is happening around them while on the job site.
Implementing the Right Technology
Reviewing safety guidelines can help, but staying up-to-date on the latest construction technology trends can also be a lifesaver. Over the past few years, many new devices have been innovated that can increase safety on the job site.
Similar to how construction estimating software helps with accounting, technology can also help keep the job site safe. Some of the many technologies that have been developed over the years are:
Drone technology: flying drones over construction sites can help managers look out for safety hazards before workers encounter them.
Wearable technology: everything from smart construction helmets to smart vests are being developed and implemented on the job site.
It Also Helps to Remain Organized
If you are running a lot of projects simultaneously, it pays to stay organized and on top of everything that is happening at each site. Not only is it necessary to keep track of progress, but there should also be a method of reporting for damage, equipment wear and other hazards that can spring up out of nowhere.
Having employees on each site understand the chain of management can help them find the right person to report issues to when they occur.
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