Construction sites expose workers to a range of physical dangers. Falling from several metres above ground, getting an electric shock, or being buried during excavation work – there are many possibilities and all of them are scary. Apart from these common accidents, construction workers are also at risk of coming into contact with toxic substances or losing their sense of hearing due to excessive exposure to loud noise.
With all the hazards in the construction industry, providing guidance is imperative. Here are a few ways to reduce risks and accidents in construction sites:
Controlling Construction Risks
It is much easier and more affordable to control the risks in construction sites before employees start working. Purchase policies for work equipment, and set safety and health requirements for using such tools. Make sure to plan the work methods and processes carefully to reduce risks. This includes scheduling certain projects during times when there are fewer workers likely to get exposed.
Plan and conduct a site inspection to control the activities that happen in the construction site. Make sure that all employees, including site engineers, project supervisors, and managers are trained to carry out their job without endangering themselves and other workers. It is best to conduct a Take 5 safety program to increase staff awareness.
Assessing Unavoidable Risks
Project managers and supervisors need to cooperate and ensure the health and safety of employees. This is achieved by evaluating risks that cannot be avoided or performing a risk assessment. This evaluation includes identification of potential hazards, people who might be harmed, and the actions necessary to reduce possible dangers. The control measure for such risks should meet legal requirements.
One of the best ways to make sure that workers are committed to health and safety measures is to have discussions. Before introducing new equipment, tools, machines, or products, it is best to consult the employees regarding their views on health and safety measures.
Promote safety and health in construction sites with these tips. Conduct a full risk assessment to determine all potential dangers and provide the workforce with a checklist for preventive action.