Common Hazards In Construction Sites & How To Avoid Them
Construction sites have a lot of potential hazards. So much so that some can get past even after a lot of scrutinies. But, even so, that shouldn’t be a reason why employers neglect their duties and stop looking out for their employees.
Below is a list of some of the most common hazards in constructions, and what kind of construction safety measures can be implemented to help prevent them in the future.
Falls from heights, account for as much as a third of all industry-related deaths, although, depending on who you ask or what studies you pull up, the numbers could be a whole lot more.
From falling from ridiculously tall heights, or even something as seemingly simple as falling off a ladder, falls are fairly common. Unfortunately, some can be fatal, especially if someone ends up landing in the wrong position, like on their head or neck.
A surefire way to minimize falls is to make sure that all work surfaces are stable and all equipment, especially ladders and scaffolding, meet safety regulations, are checked regularly for any damages and are used only for the right purposes. Or to put it simply, just do not overload them.
2. Electrical Hazards
Also, one of the most common (not to mention, most neglected) hazards in construction sites is electrical hazards.
Luckily, the majority of electrical hazards and hazards are preventable. For starters, making sure that workers are using the proper equipment when dealing with electrical wiring is key to minimizing accidents. Double checking everything is also a great way to make sure everything is safe and sound.
For better safety knowledge, having your construction training focused on electrical hazards might be necessary.
3. Hazardous materials
Construction sites are full of hazardous materials that could put everyone in the vicinity at potential risk if mishandled properly.
The proper handling and storage of hazardous materials should be an integral part of construction training. It’s important that employees know the dangers of the materials that they’re working with and know what to do to minimize the chances of putting themselves in harm’s way. More importantly, they should be wearing the necessary safety equipment if in case they’re required to handle such hazardous materials.
Collapses in construction sites are so common that some have resorted to calling them as an occupational hazard. Although there is some truth to that statement, collapses are also preventable. Or, at the very least, you can minimize their occurrence.
Minimizing unintended collapses is possible by applying every possible precaution necessary (and possibly, even more) before starting work. Scaffoldings, for example, should be double checked, and anything that holds something particularly heavy should be checked for any loose bolts or nuts.
Employee protection starts at the top. Providing the necessary construction training is just a small step, knowing all these hazards is another. It’s important to constantly educate yourself on what it takes to improve the safety standards of your construction site and making sure that you establish a safety-first culture for your company.READ MORE
Why Your Warehouse Staff Need Training On Equipment
Training in the warehouse is vital for many reasons. From a financial standpoint, training is often needed as a result of monetary investment in new technology, facilities or equipment.
From a customer satisfaction point of view, the proficiency of warehouse staff affects the speed at which merchandise moves in and out of a warehouse and from a safety perspective, staff absenteeism and workplace accidents are reduced when they are regularly trained on how to handle equipment.
Forklifts are essential equipment in modern warehouses and they are widely used across Singapore. Below are the reasons why your warehouse staffs need training on equipment.
Training Saves Business Time and Boosts Productivity
Proper forklift training can boost your company’s overall productivity thus giving you a competitive edge. Trained forklift operators and other warehouse staff spend less time picking the right equipment for a job, manoeuvring it to do the job and handling a job.
These are essential qualities you want to see especially in a warehouse that handles e-commerce orders where turnaround time is critical for client satisfaction. It is also sufficient motivation to keep you training your warehouse staff.
Training Prevents Accidents
The number of accidents in a warehouse will drastically reduce if you maintain a regular, consistent and frequent training schedule.
For instance, forklift training equips operators with the skills they need to handle tasks properly and avoid injuring themselves. Workers can get injured through accidents or if they operate equipment for prolonged time whilst in a wrong position.
Injuries at the warehouse not only reflect poorly on business but also trigger delays due to increased staff downtime.
So, schedule frequent training for the sake of your team’s wellness, to maintain uptime and to save on health insurance costs.
Training Prevents Pilferage and Inventory Losses
Accidents do not just result in human injuries and downtime, they can also lead to loss of inventory which is accounted for as losses. Forklift training enables your warehouse team to keep such losses at bay because the staffs are watchful of their health and skilled in handling the goods.
Training Reduces Maintenance Costs
When staffs are trained on proper handling and equipment operation there are fewer instances of equipment breakdown and wear and tear slows down. Forklift training enables operators to keep the machinery running in mint condition and minimizes the cost of repairs and replacements.
An untrained operator cannot diagnose if a machine is faulty and may end up operating it and turn a bad situation into worse. However, training warehouse staff helps you identify faulty equipment ahead of time enabling early service and thus keep maintenance costs down and productivity up.
Lastly, Proper Training Protects the Equipment from Damage
Warehouse equipment is not cheap. You probably spent a significant portion of capital acquiring valuable assets. Many companies continue to pay for the price of acquiring the assets long after they’ve been operational.
The last thing you want to hear is that your equipment is damaged. Equipment damage happens more frequently when the operators are not trained.
Forklift training gives your teams the skills to operate the equipment properly and keep the assets in top condition, keeping your business productively afloat.
At first, you may have thought that such training may be deemed unnecessary. But now that you are aware of the different reasons, it’s time you take action and give your staff the training that they need if you want your business to flourish.READ MORE
Ultimate Guide To Passing Forklift Operator Tests
Before you go for a forklift operator training course in Singapore you need to be aware of what the training offers.
Apart from excellent forklift driving skills, a good course will equip you with the following skills: operational checks, workplace hazards, racking pallets, roll cages, handling symbols, refuelling, and general safe practices. You will also go through some theory on forklift assessments and some practical classes.
After you have done your training, you’ll go through an assessment before you can get your forklift license in Singapore.
Below are salient features of the forklift operator assessment, that’ll guide you on the test.
A forklift is a dangerous piece of machinery if left in the hands of an untrained person. Before you jump on the operator seat and start the engine, you need to familiarize yourself with the components of the specific machine. That means reading the user manual, checking the controls, and checking if the machine is faulty.
When performing preoperational checks, scrutinize for any oil or fuel leaks, identify and report any faults, or damaged parts. Also ensure the machine is parked in a safe area, clear from any obstructions or pedestrians. The final pre-operational check is on the job to be done and the worksite, to tell if the equipment is the appropriate machinery to handle the job successfully.
Completing Different Manoeuvres
All forklift operator training courses are required to provide sufficient sessions where you interact with the machine in a practical class. During this time, you learn how to perform different manoeuvres and the teacher assigns you to a supervisor who ascertains your ability by completing and signing off on a log book.
As part of the forklift operator licensing test, you are required to demonstrate different manoeuvres such as loading and unloading, moving various loads, picking up and correctly placing loads on low, medium and high-level racking, shifting and stacking loads, proper parking and shut down of the truck.
Recognizing Hazards and Preventing Accidents
As you perform the pre-operational checks and complete the different manoeuvres, assessors are keen on checking if you will notice any hazards, observe safety requirements and take measures to prevent accidents.
Some of the areas to look out for are whether you inspected the location for obstruction or pedestrians before mounting, seatbelt usage, slowing down and use of horn at blind turns and intersections, travelled with empty forks at the proper height and followed the proper parking procedure.
Theory and General Knowledge about the Forklift
Finally, you will be asked a couple of questions touching on general forklift knowledge either during or after the practice session. Some of the questions will require you to explain the reasons you made some decisions or took specific actions. But you don’t have to worry about these questions since you already went through the same during your theory class and reinforced it during the practical.
These checks are necessary and speak volumes about your competence as a safe and reliable forklift operator.
Now that you know of these tips, you’re ready to take your forklift operator test and ace it!READ MORE
Tips On Saving Plant Time On Operators Training
Professionals who require renewal of certification and licenses often face the same predicament. It’s difficult to get time off from work in order to schedule a refresher training and assessment. The same applies for forklift operators who have to attend a forklift operator training course to renew their licenses.
Also, company owners and managers have to struggle with releasing essential refresher training and renew their licenses as this will have an impact on the company’s performance when there are no staff on site.
Finding the right kind of agency to provide the forklift operator training course on site is a smart solution. However, it’s often expensive.
If you have a warehouse or distribution centre and you need to schedule refresher forklift training, here are tips on how you can save your valuable business on operators training.
Contract an Accredited Trainer to Train on Site
This is the traditional approach which businesses use to save on downtime and costs. Instead of having your operators packing up and travelling to a training centre, convert your facility to be the training centre and get in touch with a qualified trainer who is able to visit the premises.
It’s a very convenient way of preparing your operators for renewal of forklift license. All you have to do is to make arrangements with the trainer and with the staff for a suitable time. Since nearly all equipment that is used during the training is available on site, it’s easier and less expensive to have the trainer come over.
Choosing the right training agency or the right trainer can be a little overwhelming. You can check the thoroughness of the program if it captures the training and evaluation specified in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
Adopt a Computer-aided Online Curriculum
Although not as costly as sending an entire team to a training centre, having a certified forklift trainer on site for several days attracts its fair share of expenses. You can cut down some of these expenses with a little creativity.
Forklift training is now offered through the digital spaces. Some training agencies offer computer-aided training curriculum online.
This makes scheduling and undertaking sections of the required coursework easier and operators can learn at their own pace. Moreover, online courses are evaluated among international health and safety standards, making them more robust and flexible.
As long as the training is up to speed with OSHA regulations and covers the assessment requirements, online forklift training is excellent for both business and operator.
Forklift Simulator and Virtual Environment
Physical forklift training onsite and online programs are exciting but also carry some risks and limitations.
No matter how careful or experienced a trainer is, there is always the risk of accidents happening when training. Especially when introducing novice forklift operators to the machine.
The business always bears the risk unless the training is conducted at an external training facility owned by the training agency.
However, forklift simulators and virtual environments have changed the status.
Now, novice operators can learn the operations of a forklift in a “fail-safe environment.” Trainers too can simulate various scenarios to impart specific safety tips and knowledge without risking injury or accidents.
The initial cost of acquisition of simulators or constructing the multi-user virtual environment can be high. However, the returns received are enormous, from more thorough training to significant savings of business time.
To conclude, business time is valuable time. You need all your operators on the deck to maintain your competitive edge. These tips will help you perform forklift training with little impact on employee or business time.READ MORE
The True Cost Of Not Adhering To Workplace Safety Rules
For many organizations, workplace safety rules are often seen as an inconvenience. They view government demands for workplace safety as a clog in the system that inhibits productivity through restrictive rules and overly conservative procedures. Some managers wrongfully view workplace safety as a “necessary evil” that inhibits operational excellence.
Nothing can be further from the truth.
Organizations that are placing significant emphasis on safety and entrenching it as part of operational excellence are seeing improvement not just in operational issues but also the bottom line.
Such organizations have realized the benefits of safety rules.
Here’s a look at the opportunity cost of adherence to safety rules, and the consequences of not adhering to workplace safety regulations.
Without a doubt, non-adherence to workplace safety rules will result in financial losses. Either you will be caught up by an external inspector or sooner or later, the inevitable will happen and there will be an accident.
Accidents are costly, first, there’s a loss of man hours, second, there’s possible damage or loss of property, injury to people or even death, fines by regulatory bodies, hikes in insurance premiums and an array of other financial losses.
In 2017, a logistics firm in Singapore was fined $80,000 for flouting workplace safety regulations which caused the death of an employee, who was run over by a forklift. Assessors concluded that the company had not been facilitating forklift training for operators.
Employee Anxiety and Downtime
Non-adherence to workplace safety rules causes employees to always be on edge whenever there is a notice of audit or routine inspection. Anxious staffs are not very productive and they can cause accidents.
Worse still, non-adherence is often the root cause of accidents and system breakdowns resulting in unnecessary downtime.
If you are operating a warehouse, forklift operator training courses in Singapore are available through various providers who can provide follow-up meetings to ensure staffs continue to observe rules.
High Maintenance Costs
Equipment breakdown is often an outcome of wrongful handling of the machinery. If you use a forklift in parts of your operations, do not let anyone operate it unless you are sure that they have attended a certified training course and they have the requisite forklift license.
This way, you’ll be confident that the operator knows and understands how to handle the equipment and does not allow it to go through strenuous operations that in turn lead to faster wear and tear.
When you don’t adhere to workplace safety rules, it means that you are comfortable with unqualified staff handling equipment, faster wear and tear, frequent breakdowns and high repair and maintenance costs. And in truth, no owner or boss would even want to see that so get those safety rules down if you want to prevent such incidents from happening.
Seizing of Operations
It may sound extreme, but it can happen. When you don’t adhere to workplace safety rules, you expose your firm to the possibility of your license being revoked or a stop order being issued.
Worse still, you could be jailed for breach or violation of the Workplace Safety and Health Act.
These outcomes of non-adherence to workplace safety rules are catastrophic, and it applies to any company which is notwithstanding the sector.
Often, many overlook the importance of adhering to workplace safety rules and as a result, the organization along with the many employees, have to suffer the consequences of it. So, now that you know of these adverse outcomes, you should do what you must to ensure that you create a safe working environment!READ MORE
Smart Ways To Promote Workplace Safety
Each year, there are various reports from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) about serious injuries and fatalities that occur at the workplace. In the first half of 2018, there were 20 fatalities in Singapore’s workplaces, most of which were caused by improper working methods.
Although the government provides standardized construction safety courses that are mandatory, a majority of these fatalities were recorded in the construction sector. Also, some injuries were reported in the logistics sector with forklift operations being the focus. In 2017, a logistics company was fined $80,000 and had its license suspended for causing the death of a worker due to safety breaches that lead to him being overrun by a forklift.
In cases like this, the cause of the accident and responsibility ultimately lies squarely with the employer. Employers are required to take steps to train their teams on workplace safety, demonstrate safe working practices, make sure that their staff is safe and take steps to promote safety in the workplace.
Now that you know the importance of having safety in the workplace, here’s what you can do to promote it.
Have your employees take up training programs
Training is the most critical thing you can do as an employer to promote safety in the workplace. That means you have to employ plenty of training programs and keep evaluating the impact these programs have on the teams.
During these programs, the focus would be to make safety rules and procedures as clear as possible and that your team members practice them as second nature. It doesn’t matter what kind of experience your employees have, no one is exempt from regular training. This keeps them abreast with the latest developments on workplace safety.
But training doesn’t have to be the same old boring lectures or e-courses. You can engage in creative courses and competitions, for instance in forklift training to encourage new and experienced employees to participate and be enthusiastic.
Don’t Preach What You Don’t Practice
You may train and promote safety until your voice turns sore but it won’t bring any results if you don’t swallow your prescriptions. Make sure safety rules and procedures are known and seen to be adhered to from the topmost hierarchy of the organization.
To make sure that your employees follow your lead, you have to demonstrate a good example yourself first.
If you’ve received an “experienced” forklift operator whose forklift license in Singapore is due for renewal but pressed to take on a shift, what action should you take?
The answer is to definitely not allow the person to use the forklift even if it’s for a short period until they have their license renewed. Once you have taken the first step to showcase the importance of work safety, others will follow suit.
Facilitate for the Staff to Know and Practice the Rules
People cannot perform unless they know what it is they are expected to do and are facilitated to perform the objective. Therefore, employees need to know what the workplace safety rules and procedures are. After that, they need to be reminded and facilitated to follow the rules.
You can post signs around the premises, reminders such as “Always wear proper safety gear” or “Fasten the seatbelt” conspicuously on a forklift. Just like how there would be a “wash your hands” sign just outside the washrooms, facilitate and remind the employees to practice the rules.
These methods will help you promote workplace safety at your facility, not to mention, you’ll be able to take workplace safety a notch higher by entrenching it in the staff’s performance objectives and reward achievers. So do what you can to make sure that your employees are safe and sound when they’re working.READ MORE
How Surveying And Inspection Can Boost Construction Safety
Conducting a survey and inspection are essential for construction safety. It is during these processes that you can discover many flaws and challenges faced at a construction site. Unlike other inspections, construction inspections requires a tremendous amount of dedication and commitment. When done efficiently, it is easy to identify different violations and deal with them accordingly. It is, thus, imperative for surveys and inspections to be conducted by professionals who have diverse experience. After the inspection is completed, you need to ensure that your workers receive sufficient training course, such as the compulsory CSOC training and BTCC training in Singapore. Here are some ways how surveying and inspection can help to boost construction safety:
Assists in the identification of different hazards
On the whole, it is not easy to note dangers in the workplace. One of the significant advantages of survey and inspection is the identification of distinct risks. Some of them can result in accidents and fatalities while working. Safety measures can be applied to alleviate the various challenges or obstacles before they occur if the risks are identified at an early stage. Therefore, it is important to be aware of all looming dangers at the construction site as any slight mistake can cause devastating outcomes.
Boosts protection and safety
The entire construction site is safer when you carry out an inspection and survey. As mentioned above, a well-conducted inspection will be able to identify different flaws present in the workplace. This information helps to fortify the construction site against hazardous threats and, thus, protect employees’ welfare.
Helps in safety planning
Safety planning before the occurrence of any eventuality is crucial. Surveys and inspections help you to devise the best safety plans for a construction site. Inspectors employ great significance in safety. It is therefore beneficial to ask them to come over to your work site. They help to ensure that none of your employees faces any potential threats or dangers. This greatly reflects the importance of inspections and surveys and why they should be part of the main features for any construction project.
Improves task focus
Inspections and surveys help workers in a construction site boost their concentration and alertness level. It helps them to concentrate more and maintain an attentive state of mind. Besides, being aware that the construction site is safe and secure, after the survey and inspection are conducted, aid in workers’ productivity and focus as well. With ease and contentment, workers can work with peace of mind, and this naturally increases productivity.
Boosts the quality of construction
Ultimately, an inspection and a survey will help to improve the result of the construction project. This is due to the elimination of various flaws and inconsistencies that occur in a typical construction zone. It brings about better quality of building structures and other constructed items. When quality and safety go up, this depicts that the construction project is a success. To add on, the better the quality of the completed buildings, the higher the profits gained.
Helps to foresee future challenges
At the start of a project, it is not easy to identify problems that will occur in the latter days. Therefore, a survey and inspection are crucial as they help to shed light on numerous challenges at an early stage.READ MORE
Expert Tips On How To Overcome Warehouse Trouble Spots
Running an efficient warehouse is an ideal all managers and business owners strive for. Warehouse operations are often interlinked and interdependent. If you are not careful in ensuring its efficiency, the warehouse can easily turn into a cash hole and productivity inhibitor.
An inefficiently operated warehouse that doesn’t take the time to identify errors or malfunctions and fix them can cause the company to lose its competitive edge. Identifying warehouse trouble spots entails entrenching a regular and consistent evaluation of processes, layout and organization, equipment, and people.
Here are tips from experts on common trouble spots and how you can overcome them.
1. Non-compliance to Processes and Safety Regulations
Trouble spots in warehouses often emanate from points where there is non-adherence to business processes or occupational safety and health standards.
These spots manifest through unnecessary delays, frequent accidents or frequent shutdowns due to non-compliance to regulatory standards.
You can overcome these trouble spots by conducting regular, mandatory safety training and providing all the support that staffs need to be aware of and enforce safety standards.
2. Disorganized Warehouse Layout and Workstations
How well organized is your warehouse? Does the layout promote efficient movement of products through the distribution chain?
If not, your warehouse can be a bottleneck to your company’s productivity and hinder your competitiveness.
Just check, how far away are the order packers from the supplies? How much room do your forklift operators have to manoeuvre when transporting goods?
Consult with a professional and work out a layout that boosts productivity, efficiency, and safety.
3. Poor Equipment Maintenance
Do you use forklifts in your warehouse? How frequently are they inspected and how often is maintenance performed on them? Do the operators have a valid forklift license in Singapore?
Frequent breakdowns due to poorly maintained equipment and mishandled equipment can drag your business down, and will ultimately cause your business to lose money.
Ensure you schedule regular forklift inspections, maintenance, and refresher training for the crew, so that you don’t end up losing anything.
4. Handling Excess Inventory
Many warehouse managers have to struggle with the issue of excess inventory. Some choose to do nothing about it and clutter the warehouse, others lease additional space, while some others dispose of these inventory by liquidating them at discounted prices or give them away.
Doing nothing about excess inventory is not the smart choice. Get rid of excess inventory in an efficient and meaningful way.
5. Inefficiency and Losses Due to Lack of Training
Workplace accidents in the warehouse often occur due to improper working practices. Forklift operators who have not been trained can cause accidents which can cause injury or fatalities.
Safety training is essential. Also, forklift training is critical to ensure that the operators can handle the machines competently.
Don’t look at the cost of training and put off the next forklift training session. Instead, consider this an opportunity to prevent an accident or negative inspection from happening and take proactive steps to train the staff.
Being aware of the common warehouse trouble spots is one thing, but knowing how to overcome them is another. However, with these key tips, conquering all these problems will be as easy as shelling peas.READ MORE
A Helpful Guide On Recruiting Forklift Operators
Forklift operation is one of the busiest jobs. It requires maximum concentration and steady output to keep up with customer demands. The factors call for highly skilled and qualified personnel for client satisfaction. Another essential aspect is the ability to observe the safety measures put in place by the organisation and governing body. It is the responsibility of the company to conduct forklift training for new employees.
The course is tailor-made to make the operators accustomed to the organisation’s work environment. The operator should have both soft and hard skills for efficient handling of customer requests.
With the influx of unemployment, you will get piles of applications for an advertised position. It can prove hectic going through each applicant to determine the best fit for your company operations. To make this easier, we have compiled a list of some of the top priority factors when hiring a forklift operator.
1. Experience Level
The number of years one has spent in forklift operation depicts their competence. The higher the experience, the lower the training costs for the new employee. Ensure that the operator is conversant with the operation of the type of forklift you use in the warehouse. Although the skills are transferable, some machines are complex to operate without prior experience. Highly experienced operators also tend to be less likely to cause accidents because of their keenness to observe safety measures.
2. Excellent Communication Skills
We are social beings, and effective communications play a critical role in customer retention and conversion. The operator should be able to handle client request with utmost efficiency. Some customers are irritating, but the operator should strike a balance between retention and self-interests. Reading and following of the manufacturer’s instruction is also part of the communication aspect of the position. They should efficiently encode signs, pictorials, and texts in the user manual.
3. Pays Attention to Details
Delivery tasks require utmost care to avoid confusing customer orders. The operator should read, understand, and record the requirements of each client. For efficient operation, the employee should be able to adhere to safety measures put in place no matter how minute they are. Some acts of negligence may cost the company its profits or compensation. The legal penalties against an organisation can prove costly if an accident occurs and there are damages, deaths or injuries.
4. Reliable Worker
A day missed without informing the managers can disrupt the company activities and cause customer dissatisfaction. The operator should commit their availability when they are on duty for smooth learning of operations. The attributes go hand in hand with honesty because some employees can feign emergencies which are unavoidable. You should check the job history of the operator to determine their turnover over the years. Job hoppers can cost the company if trained and within the first year, they want to shift to another company.
5. Basic Mathematical & Safety Skills
The position of a forklift operator requires some calculation of loads, bills and quotes. The employee should meet this threshold to maintain efficiency in the warehouse. The operator should know the volume of the loads they are handling each day for easy projection of output. Safety is an essential factor when working with machinery. You should give a high priority to workers who have undertaken construction safety courses.
Warehouses should be kept neat and tidy for fast and efficient operations. The individual should have a considerable degree of organisation. The attribute is also critical in avoiding accidents in the workplace. The operator can easily account for various orders from clients.
Having a forklift operator, you can fully entrust with the operations of the warehouse goes a long way in increasing the productivity of your company. You should conduct a thorough assessment to get the best operator. Other important skills in this position include patience, ability to work under pressure, and flexibility.READ MORE
How Effective Communication Greatly Assists Workplace Safety
Communication is vital in the workplace, especially if you are working at a construction site. A lot can happen in the blink of an eye, which include accidents and fatalities. This is why attentiveness and proper communication is immensely crucial. As a safety professional, you should definitely impose these on your workers. The method and type of communication matter a lot when handling different tasks at a construction site. Without a doubt, verbal communication is the most common universally and is applied by most people constantly. However, not many are aware of how one speaks have an impact on the message they are projecting.
Needless to say, it is imperative to take up various safety classes, including the shipyard safety instruction course and work at height course for workers in Singapore. However, all these training are meaningless if you do not possess the right communication skills. In times of emergencies in the workplace, you will realize and understand the significance of verbal communication. Most people are unaware of the exact measures to take when faced with emergencies and accidents.
If you are unaware of how to handle an emergency, communication will be greatly beneficial to you. Due to the presence of diverse tools and equipment at a construction site, there is a higher risk for accidents to occur at a construction site.
As an employer or boss, it is crucial for you to ensure efficient communication among your employees in the workplace. It is highly essential for all workers to communicate effectively in the workplace, regardless of the departments they are in. you need to make sure that your workers can easily communicate in the workplace. Workers can be in charge of driving vehicles, operating forklifts, or involve in any types of machinery and equipment. All in all, efficient and effective communication at a construction site is mandatory and critical, as it only takes a split second for dire consequences to occur.
Verbal communication reduces the risk of accidents significantly. Moreover, even if an accident occurs, you can handle fatalities responsibly and quickly, with the aid of accurate informing. You can take a fire breakout in one of the departments as an example. When there are adequate communication mechanisms, you can prevent other workers from entering the affected areas. You can also ensure that workers in the affected area evacuate safely.
Without proper and effective communication at the work place in times of accidents, the entire site will face the dire consequences and effects. Therefore, good verbal communication within the workplace can help you to save on bills that are not required.
After gaining awareness on the importance of verbal communication, it is equally imperative to understand how to implement it in your workplace. As an employer or site manager, you can get sufficient walkie-talkies and equip all workers with one. You can strategically distribute them in the various departments If it is not possible to pass everyone one each. In addition, it is important for you to train all your staffs on when and how to use the gadgets professionally.
Ultimately, when workers receive sufficient training on verbal communication, the construction site will be a safer and more secured workplace for everyone. If you are unable to train the workers on your own, you should highly consider engaging the assistance of a safety professional.READ MORE
Safety Precautions For Your Warehouse Employees
Though overlooked, workplace safety measures have a high number of benefits. The injuries or deaths caused by accidents can be prevented by observing the set guidelines. The employees also feel cared for are likely to improve their productivity. It is also a legal requirement to follow safety measures in a warehouse. Violation of the guidelines could lead to huge penalties which affect the profitability of the company.
Employers should strike a balance between productivity and safety. Some push employees to the wall to hit the targets at the expense of their wellbeing. This is not only disastrous but unsustainable in the long run.
There are some necessary safety measures which are standard in most warehouses. Regular assessment of the safety measures you have put in place to reduce accidents is essential. You should also have construction safety training often to make sure your premises are safe. Here are some of the basic safety tips to reduce accidents in the workplace.
1. Use of Safety Equipment
When moving heavy loads around the premises, employees need to put on protective clothing. For example, gloves, gumboots, hard hats, and goggles. The attires are designed to absorb shock and reduce the effects of accidents in the workplace. Ear plugs are also essential in the noisy working environment to avoid damage of the eardrums. The workers should also put on highly visible clothing like reflectors to make them identifiable from objects around them.
2. Labelling Danger Zones
You should install visible signs that warn people of any lurking danger in any area in the premise. Some areas include high voltage power supplies, slippery floors, dark rooms, and high traffic sections. The workers will keep off these sections or take the necessary safety precaution. Dangerous equipment which requires handling by experts should also be labelled to keep off those who don’t have the skills.
3. Safe Lifting
It looks like something quite obvious but if ignored could cause severe injury or death. Whether you are doing manual or computerised transportation, it is vital to ensure goods are handled efficiently. Most containers indicate how they should be stacked. The practice helps avoid breakages, injuries, and wastages. Where sharp objects like glasses and metals are handled, workers should have gloves and lift from the safest side. Understand whether the material should be pushed, pulled, or dragged. There are also designated routes to follow when moving objects in the warehouse.
4. Fire Equipment
Some of the most catastrophic accidents in premises are caused by fire. The company should install all the necessary fire equipment in case of such accidents. Some of the facilities include extinguishers, hose pipes, fire blankets, and fire bells. The tools should be placed in points where they are easily accessible. Emergency doors should also be put in place and easily breakable or open to minimise accident damage. Fire drill to assess the preparedness of workers is also an essential part of safety measures.
5. Regular Training
Employees need the knowledge of probable accidents in the workplace and how they can handle each. The courses help in emergencies preparedness and prompt response to any incidents. Workers do not have to wait for the response unit, but they can mitigate the risk. The training also helps the workers in their homes or neighbourhood in case they encounter such accidents. New employees also need the CSOC to make them accustomed to the safety guidelines of the company.
Safety precautions in the workplace can save the company from incurring high compensation, litigation, and indemnification costs. Therefore, all the necessary equipment and training should be put in place for the efficient running of the company. The workers should be informed of the need to adhere to the safety measures because it if for their good and the organisation. The ability of the company to manage accidents should be assessed regularly internally and externally to validate the systems put in place.READ MORE
Several Unsafe and Risky Conditions In a Construction Site
Each day, construction site workers are faced with different risks and unsafe working conditions. Therefore, it is imperative to look at what poses as a threat to your workers and learn about the various ways to deal with these issues. It is mandatory for your employees to have a safe working environment for their health and safety. Most injuries occur due to unsafe conditions that are certainly be avoided. Dire consequences of unsafe working conditions include losing one’s life. Despite the presence of safety measures, occupational hazards still occur. The following are 7 unsafe conditions:
1. Improper hygiene
The lack of a clean working environment is not only risky to workers but serves as a potential threat to the workplace as well. Aside from diseases and pathogens, accidents can cost the workplace a large amount in terms of safety and bills. A cluttered construction site is more likely to result in numerous disasters and fatalities. Trips, slips, and falls are common occurrences from a dirty and disorderly environment. An untidy environment includes items left unclear and lying around, as well as dripping oil left uncleaned.
It is therefore crucial to clean up and keep the workplace tidy at all times. If you are unable to get your employees to do so effectively, you should definitely consider engaging the services of a professional cleaning company.
2. Defective equipment
Defective equipment includes different tools and items that do not work or function as intended. Some are faulty and defective from the manufactory while others are worn out over prolonged usage. It is critical to replace such tools to prevent and reduce the amount of accidents in the workplace. Besides that, proper and well-functioning tools and equipment are able to boost productivity and efficiency at the workplace.
3. Hazardous air
Air pollutants are unsafe and hazardous for employees. In cases where it is unavoidable, it is essential to provide them with facemasks to wear while working. Air pollutants can lead to respiratory conditions and other diseases. It is crucial to not let your workers breathe in contaminated air and prevent it while you can.
4.Inadequate safety gears and guards
While working at a construction site, workers are exposed to numerous risky conditions. Many construction equipment and tools pose different risks and can cause injuries. This reflects the importance of wearing essential safety gears and guards to prevent and reduce fatalities.
5. Dysfunctional warning systems
The sole and primary purpose of a warning system is to alert and warn employees of impending dangers. Therefore, a warning system should always be functional and working, in case of any accidents or emergencies.
6. Congestion at work
A crowded workplace is highly prone to dangers and challenges. One of the most evident examples is that it takes a longer time to evacuate everyone in times of emergencies.
7. Improper training
Sensitive tools and equipment require handling from professionals. For instance, before a worker operates any heavy machinery like a forklift, he or she should first attend the WSQ operate forklift course in Singapore. The compulsory CSOC training also helps to guide and teach construction workers on their responsibilities and prepares them well for times of emergencies.READ MORE
Common Mistakes To Avoid When Operating Forklifts
Forklift lift accidents can lead to significant injuries and even death. Simple mistakes have caused companies huge losses which are avoidable if some guidelines were observed. Unlike cars, forklifts are unstable because of their height and width. Therefore, their operations differ and require more keenness when moving goods in the warehouse. Several deaths and injuries are caused by operation accidents in warehouses. Even the most experienced operators are prone to some common mistakes which are avoidable.
Operators should do the basic forklift operator training courses which can reduce accidents in the warehouse. Following the manufacturer’s guideline is also essential in improving safety in the workplace. There are also various types and capacities of forklifts, and each operates differently. Some skills may not be transferable from one operation to another unless one is given the go ahead.
New employees may also find it fun to operate the machines and are prone to mishandling either by over speeding, overloading or joy-riding. Below are some of the common mistakes that forklifts operators must avoid.
1. Exceeding the Load Capacity
Every type of forklift has a specified volume that it can handle in each loading. Check with your manufacturer’s guide and adhere to the standards. Overloading the truck reduces its stability which is a recipe for disaster. Most forklifts have stickers that indicate their capacity and should not be tampered with. In case the figures are illegible, you can contact the manufacturer for clarification. If you use different machines in the workplace, it is advisable to confirm the capacity before lifting the loads.
Acceleration reduces the stability of the lift. The machines should be driven at a person’s walking speed to maintain their balance. Even if the way is clear, because forklifts are tall and narrow, they are quite unstable. An attempt to over speed to cover up any downtime can cause more significant loss than idle hours. Productivity should come second after safety. In case there are pedestrians along your path, the speed should be even slower.
3. Lack of Regular Inspections
You should check the battery capacity, hydraulic system, and tires to avoid tipping or any uncontrolled movement. Check the battery level and top up if it is low. Ensure that all the cables are firmly connected to various systems. The tires should be in good working condition for the maximum safety of the operator and the premises. Any worn out wheels should be replaced. The operator should keep the braking system efficient for good control of the lift along the paths.
4. Operating on Slippery Pathways
Warehouses are prone to liquid spills or objects along the way. Some of the substances may also be flammable if exposed to friction. Therefore, the operator should have a good understanding of the work environment. In case of any spills which may hinder operations, it is advisable to dry the floor before resuming work. Some liquids like grease can also cause operator slips or forklift skidding.
5. Negligent Parking
Forklifts have specified parking lots to maintain safety in the warehouse. Operators should avoid undesignated areas which can inconvenience other drivers or customers. Keeping the fork exposed can cause injury to other workers in the warehouse. When the machine is parked, all the systems should be neutral, and the lift lowered to the ground. In case it is the end of your shift, you should switch off the power.
6. Unfamiliar Routes
The operating premises can be small, but you need an understanding of restricted and unrestricted pathways. When giving way to other operators, ensure that it is not due along blind spots which can lead to collisions. Some areas can be restricted due to sensitive products which can cause accidents.
Forklift operators should always keep a keen eye on their paths for maximum safety. Regular bizsafe level 2 courses are essential in having an efficient loading system for any company. Therefore, encourage your workers to undertake the training often.READ MORE
How Will Selective Attention Affect Construction Safety?
Construction safety is a sensitive and significant issue that requires the undivided attention of all workers at the workplace. Any slight loss of concentration and alertness will lead to dire consequences. From the moving of items to the drilling of holes, maximum attention is vital. Many accidents occur due to workers’ lack of concentration. The construction industry carries so many risks and safety threats that can escalate quickly like wildfire. Fortunately, courses such as Basic Traffic Control Course (BTCC), work at height course for workers and the compulsory CSOC training can help boost construction safety, although these alone are not sufficient.
What is selective attention? It is when you do not give your full attention to something. Ideally, you need to give your full and undivided attention to any task. This will help you focus and get it done accurately. Unfortunately, many people assume that they can multitask well, and thus, end up giving selective attention to tasks. However, some jobs are too risky for workers to multitask. For example, for an office job, such as typing reports, multitasking will not affect your work severely. However, if you are working at a construction site and is in charge of drilling holes, multitasking is too dangerous and risky.
Also, for an office job, you can rectify the mistakes you made when you multitask. If you miswrote a report, you could delete and rewrite it again. However, if you are working at a construction site, that is certainly not the case. You will not be able to reverse an inaccurate drill on a wall. Dreadful and unimaginable consequences are also involved if one were to multitask and lose focus at a construction site. For example, one may accidentally drill his or her finger by accident. This is certainly avoidable if you do not multitask and concentrate.
It is imperative to train all workers at the workstation to stay alert around the clock, as well as the importance of doing so. Maintaining full focus is certainly not a topic that construction workers should take for granted; many people tend to break the rule of undivided attention. Here are two ways you can utilize to manage selective focus at a construction site.
1. Ensure that nobody works with their mobile devices
There are several ways to implement this rule. One is through confiscating all mobile phones from workers before they head to their respective working stations. Only provide a few walkie-talkies for workers who will communicate any looming danger. In the case where workers have to have their phones with them, ensure that you inform them to switch their phones off during working hours.
For this implementation to be carried out successfully, fines for offenders should be introduced if they are caught using their phones while working.
2. Check on the mental health of your workers regularly
Mental health is crucial to undivided attention. Whenever someone has something bothering him or her, one cannot concentrate fully. It is, thus, necessary to check on the mental stability of all your workers from time to time. If it is possible, have the human resources manager at the site to hold regular meetings to make sure that this implementation runs smoothly.READ MORE
The Importance Of Taking Regular Safety Training Courses
The number of illnesses, injuries or deaths caused by accidents in the workplace has always been a talking point when discussing safety. The injuries and illnesses alike prevent millions of workers from having optimum productivity throughout the year. Companies can reduce these incidents by having regular safety training to empower their employees with knowledge on how to handle and cope with accidents. The guidelines are also updated from time to time to keep up with changing work dynamics. The company must take the responsibility to remain compliant with safety guidelines.
Most companies may opt out of the responsibility of training their workers on safety measures in the name of reducing costs. However, the expenses of compensation and legal procedures are way higher. For example, construction companies are required by law to conduct construction safety courses and failure to do so may lead to legal action. It is also essential to note that people are the most valuable resource in any organisation. Therefore, they should be taken care of to keep them motivated. Here are some benefits of regular safety courses.
1. Reduced Accidents
If your company is often hiring, you should keep your new employees updated with safety measures in the workplace. The old staff also needs the training to develop a safety culture. There are also deaths caused by fatal accidents in construction sites. Some of them are preventable by following set out guidelines.
2. High Productivity
Organizations lose considerable time replacing workers or waiting for those affected by accidents to recuperate. If you have a low turnover, you will have a high number of experienced workers thus high output. A high number of sick-leaves can affect the company operations and reduce its efficiency considerably.
3. Lower Production Costs
It is the responsibility of companies to compensate or reimburse workers who are injured in their course of duty. The costs incurred can be lowered by keeping incidents at a minimum. The legal action taken against companies which neglect safety training courses can cost the organisation a fortune. If a workplace is prone to accidents, the company may have to part with higher insurance premiums to cater for the employees. Organisations also incur high investigation costs when they have an incident.
In case of death or severe injury, the company will have extra training costs for new employees. The time is taken to adapt means that the organisation will lose some income concerning time.
4. Avoids Complacency
Unless the company shows its employees that safety is a priority, many workers will never take it seriously. If the organisation invests in regular safety training, a culture of adherence to these guidelines will develop. Consequently, new employees will dance to the tune of the organisation’s safety procedures. The measures also enhance the company’s commitment to the protection of the workers.
5. Up-to-Date Information
The governing bodies keep evaluating the safety programs to ensure they are in line with the dynamics of the workplace. There are also better ways each day to cope with incidences. Organizations should integrate advanced safety guidelines to reduce incidents. Technology also keeps changing and plays a vital role in the safety of workers. Therefore, organisations are bestowed with the responsibility of training their employees on emerging regulations.
6. A Vivid Memory of Procedures
If an accident occurs, workers can swing to action because they know what to do. Fast response can prevent deaths or further damage to affected property or people. Consequently, you will save on several costs and operational disruption.
There is a need for regular forklift operator training for maximum productivity, reduced costs, low operation disruption, and low employee turnover. You can play a part in reducing thousands of death caused by complacent tendencies in the workplace. Millions of workers are also injured or become ill each year due to lack of knowledge on safety procedures in the work environment. It also boosts the morale of employees to know that your company cares for them.READ MORE
Several Crucial Safety Plans You Should Take Note Of
Safety is vital while working on a construction site. Any slight glitch and you may be put in a critical and dangerous situation. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that your working environment is safe and secure. There are different plans you can use to boost safety at the construction site. For example, purchasing the right equipment is a good start to ensure that all of your workmates and employees are safe.
There are various construction safety courses for construction workers to attend. This includes the compulsory Construction Safety Orientation Course (CSOC) training and the work at height course for workers in Singapore. These courses are designed to train construction workers in preparation for emergencies and dangers.
Besides the essential programs, there are several key safety measures for you to reflect on. Here is a list of some of them:
Make sure you have all the PPE tools and supportive gears
Prevention, in all cases, is better than cure. You can protect yourself from injuries by ensuring that you are well-equipped with the necessary supportive equipment. From safety goggles to headgears and boots, all of these items are mandatory during work. By putting on the essential supportive gears, you ensure the safety of you and your workers during operations. Should an unfortunate accident happen, the right supportive gears can reduce the damage greatly. Always use the right protective equipment for the particular job you are handling.
Always have an induction before the start of work
Each construction site is unique and peculiar in terms of operations and hazards. Every new worker should always be aware of what happens daily at the construction site before commencing tasks. Thus, the commencement of induction is highly required.
Seek advice from experts
It is vital to ensure that your safety guidelines are backed up by professional and certified experts. Speakers who are presenting talks should be proficient and experienced. Engage an experienced official who is highly skilled in workplace safety and security for your employees to receive the best advice.
Organize a drill
Workers will not easily grasp what they are told without a proper example. This is why drills are carried out. Drills should be done occasionally, around once after five months. It will make everyone more alert and ready for any dangers. It also helps workers to learn the rescue and evacuation measures to use, in case the occurrence takes place in reality.
Consider safety courses for employees
It is beneficial and important for your employees to receive proper training through various safety courses. Most of these safety courses are available in different packages. For instance, you can get a package that covers all of your employees as a group at an affordable price. This can make a huge difference in the workplace.
Invest in alarm systems
Alarms are designed to alert everyone of a predicament or accident. Proper alarm systems will help you identify the affected areas quickly and come up with the appropriate solutions. If the entire job site is affected, the alarm will send an alert to all the departments and make sure that everyone is evacuated safely and quickly. You can also customize the alarm system to meet your requirements, such as making seamlessly make emergency phone calls to the fire unit smoothly and swiftly.READ MORE
Who Should Attend the BCSS Course?
The Building Construction Supervisor Safety Course (BCSS) is a compulsory course for project coordinators, site supervisors and other workers in the construction industry. It is also recommended for individuals who wish to work in the construction industry, such as engineering graduates and people with diplomas in the various fields of construction.
What is the course about?
The Singapore’s BCSS course is designed to educate participants on the following topics:
- Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act. The Act covers the duties and responsibilities of employers and employees. For example, an employee should not ever do anything that endangers himself or his colleagues. An employer should take all necessary steps to remove or control risks at the workplace.
- The duties and responsibilities of the building supervisor and construction workers to ensure their personal safety and health.
- Identifying risks to health and safety and applying the necessary control measures at the construction site, such as when working with cranes, scaffolding, explosives, flammable materials or mechanical and electrical equipment.
- Assessing and managing the risks associated with various construction activities
- Planning and conducting safety inspections and incident investigations
What will you learn?
Upon the completion of the BCSS course, you will have knowledge of the following:
- WSH safety legislations and construction regulations
- Safety and health management system
- Safety planning and organisation
- Your role and duties as a site supervisor or construction worker
- Risks associated with working at height, demolition, excavation, piling, and handling mechanical and electrical equipment and the respective safety measures to apply
- Occupational health
- Managing risks at construction sites
- How to prevent and handle fires at construction sites
- How to prevent construction site accidents
- How to investigate construction site incidents
What are the entry requirements?
To be eligible for the BCSS course, you have to fulfill the following requirements:
- If you are Singapore citizen, you must have passed the Secondary 2 examination in a school registered with the Ministry of Education, or you must have completed the Employability Skills - WSQ WPLN 4.
- If you are a Malaysian citizen, you must have passed Form 3.
- If you are an Indian citizen, you must have attained the Secondary School Leaving Certificate.
- If you are a Bangladeshi citizen, you must have passed Secondary School Certificate examination.
As the medium of instructions for the course is English, you may be required to pass a written and verbal English test before you join the course. You will also be required to show the original copy of your educational certificate.
Who should attend the course?
The following personals should attend the course:
- Construction site supervisors
- Site engineers
- Clerk of works
- Engineering graduates
- Individuals with diploma in various construction jobs
- Anyone who wishes to work in the construction industry
How much does the course cost?
The course costs $300 net. You may be eligible for SkillFuture, SDF and WTS funding. All Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents who are 21 years or older are eligible. The fund subsidises up to 95% of the course fee.
What is the duration of the course?
The duration of the BCSS course is 28 hours. The will be a 4 hours examination at the end of the course. You must pass the examination to obtain the certificate.READ MORE
Handy Tips To Keep Your Warehouse Organised Effortlessly
The warehouse plays a critical role in ensuring that your customers are able to receive their orders in a timely manner. Without a well-organised warehouse, you not only risk delayed delivery to your customers, you expose your workers to various workplace injuries due to confusion when performing daily tasks. However, keeping your warehouse well-organised at all times is easier said than done. There are so many considerations in a warehouse, such as:
- warehouse design
- utilising available space
- use of the best warehouse management software systems
- use of the latest material handling tools and equipment
- designated receiving and picking areas
- proper training for employees to ensure that your warehouse and equipment supports your organization's ultimate goals.
If you want to achieve maximum warehouse efficiency, here are some handy tips that can help you keep things running smoothly in your warehouse:
- Keep it Cleaned
Warehouses can get littered with dirt, debris, and discarded packing material such as paper, pallets, and plastic wraps pretty quickly when workers are entering and leaving the facility multiple times in a day. A dirty and disorganised warehouse will not only become a hotbed for work-related accidents and injuries, it will also lead to more inefficiency in your warehouse operations and lower the morale of your employees when they see the mess surrounding them. Keeping your warehouse clean and tidy at all times, therefore, should be your top priority if you want an efficient and highly productive warehouse. The best way to keep your warehouse ticking is to first identify the most cluttered zones and assign regular and prioritised cleaning tasks to staff.
- Keep Running Items Near The Shipping Area
Another way of keeping your warehouse well-organised and free from clutter is to keep your popular products at convenient positions. This will save a lot of time as it will be easy to repeatedly find and pick out popular items. This will not only help you save a lot of time by minimising the travel time inside the warehouse, it will also be less taxing for your employees and keep the warehouse well organised in the long run.
- Use Ergonomic Warehouse Equipment
The more help you provide your employees, the more productive they will be. One way of keeping your employees motivated and productive is to provide them the tools and equipment that can help them perform their operations simply and safely. Warehouses owners must take advantage of the wide range of forklifts available on the market. From loading and unloading merchandise off the trucks to putting them on the shelves, there seems to be a forklift for every function. Using forklifts will not only increase the productivity of your employees, it will also minimise the chances of mistakes and mishandling. Your capital investments will see many benefits in the future. To reap maximum benefits from forklifts and other warehouse tools, you need to make sure your employees receive proper forklift training. This will allow them to use the equipment to their fullest extent.READ MORE
The Importance Of Water In Construction Safety
Water is vital in life and necessary for survival, especially under tropical weather. It is crucial to ensure that your employees are well-hydrated all the time. Besides hydrating you, there are other important factors that water play. In case of any eventuality, water may be vital to resolve the matter. For instance, if there is a fire outbreak, water is crucial to alleviate the situation with the help of a fire extinguisher, while waiting for the assistance of the SCDF.
Another important factor of working in a construction site is the right working conditions. Even if you are well-trained through relevant courses such as the compulsory CSOC training and BTCC training in Singapore, accidents may still occur if you do not have the right working conditions.
Lack of proper hydration is the top cause of daytime exhaustion. If your employees are dehydrated, they will experience fatigue, and this would lead to severe issues.
Many construction site accidents occur due to fatigue and slowed body movements. Over 60% of the human body comprises of water, reflecting the importance of water. As meagre as a 2?cline in the levels of water in a human body can lead to grave consequences involving the brain. It can result in short-term memory and slowed thinking. This is highly dangerous and critical for someone working at a construction site.
Dealing with tools and machinery at a construction site requires undivided attention. Any mishap can cause dire results involving the entire workplace. Many construction site accidents occur due to dehydration, which leads to the fatigue and general exhaustion of one's body.
Water also acts as a cooling agent for your workers, especially in Singapore's tropical weather.
This is why frequent water intake should be mandatory for workers. It reenergizes them and replenishes lost energy.
Lastly, another important element of water is that it helps in the lubrication of joints. It helps to make workers stronger and more productive while working. To ensure that your workers are well-hydrated, you can arrange regular and frequent water breaks daily.
Regarding the use of water in emergencies, make certain that you have a safely secured tank to store enough water for any looming dangers.READ MORE
Develop A Robust Risk Management Plan
Risk management refers to dealing with the risks endangering to the safety and health of employees at the workplace. Thus, a risk management plan is designed to prevent these risks from transforming into hazardous incidents. It is the duty of each employee to take necessary precautions towards this goal. However, for their efforts to bear fruit there must be a coordinator directing everyone towards the right steps. Bizsafe level 2 training gives you the knowledge and information to formulating a robust risk management plan of a workplace.
How doesit benefit employees?
It should be obvious that risk management is a crucial task for every workplace and must, therefore, be treated with due respect. A Risk Management champion is the coordinator leading a risk management team that is recognised by all employees. These champions are responsible for coordinating all risk management activities. A crucial task for them is to develop a robust and functional risk management plan. They must also undertake the responsibility of its implementation once it has been approved by senior management.
While RM champions are chosen for their active voice, ability to take quick decisions and concern for the safety of workplaces, they make lack the requisite knowledge to create foolproof risk management plans. Thus, they must undergo training to be able to perform this task optimally.
Designed to Safeguard Employees
Bizsafe level 2 is a course recognised by the Workplace Safety and Health Council for the training of risk management champions. Programs like these help risk champions of different companies understand probable causes of various kinds of disasters. It also teaches them the best methods to deal with these risks and thus equips them with enough knowledge to develop a robust risk management plan.
Individuals will learn how to identify risks in the workplace during the training. They will learn how to develop feasible plans and implement them to combat these risks. This will be done by conducting system and operation reviews to understand resources available to them. Then conducting gap audits to identify steps to be taken. Once they've completed their analysis they need to consolidate their conclusions in a step by step, easily understood plan. This risk management plan will require approval from senior management before it is finalised.
Training is needed
A robust risk management plan would ensure the safety of one's workplace, allowing the employees to feel secure while working. This might lead to an increase in overall productivity in two ways. One, by preventing injuries and illness that might have reduced the number of working days and two, by allowing workers to give in their best in an environment they feel safe working in!
To conclude, we can say that a key ingredient for developing a robust risk management plan is appointing a capable risk management champion and making him or her undergo government approved training via programs like Bizsafe’s level 2 training. After this, the success of the plan lies in the hands of the employees themselves as they are the key elements in its execution!
Top Safety Rules To Implement On A Construction Site
At a construction site, workers are easily prone to accidents and injuries. However, this can be reduced through the implementation of various safety rules. For instance, workers must always be dressed in protective gears when carrying out any tasks; hard or simple. Alongside other rules, we can ensure that the construction site is a safe and secure working environment for everyone. Training courses are also equally useful. Some examples include the CSOC training and WSQ Operate Forklift course in Singapore. By sending your workers to these training, you equip and allow them to gain the right expertise and necessary skills at the workplace. If you have not done so, here are the top essential rules you should implement at a construction site to ensure the safety of all your employees.
Keep the construction site neat and tidy helps a lot in terms of safety, both for health purposes and protection against accidents. A single oil spill on the floor is sufficient to result in terrible consequences. For example, a worker working on the highest floor may accidentally slip on the oil and fall, injuring himself/herself. This, however, could have been prevented if cleanliness was ensured. Prevent accidents from happening by maintaining a clean environment.
Always follow safety guidelines and procedures
Regardless of how simple a safety procedure or guideline is, do not dismiss any of it. The different safety guidelines and procedures are there for a reason, that is to deter any mishaps from occurring. As an employer, you should ensure that you carry out the proper risk assessment for all activities. In addition, you should make sure that your employees understand and abide by the safety rules. There are different control measures for various tasks. It is important for all workers to implement them accurately.
Avoid operations in unsafe zones
Make certain that your employees' working environment are safe and secure. If workers are required to be present at high levels, appropriate guardrails or protective guarding should definitely be present. Falls are common at construction sites that lack proper safety mechanisms. As a worker at a construction site, it is also your individual responsibility to keep yourself safe and secure. Do not engage in any dangerous operations, and always wear the necessary protective gears.
Deal with defects as they arise
If there is any mishap or accidents that have occurred, never ignore it for later. By doing so, you are putting others as well as your own safety at risk. The occurrence of some accidents is due to negligence.
Ask when in doubt
Not everyone is aware of everything, and that is okay. It is impossible to be aware of every situation that has happened. Therefore, if you are unsure or confused about anything, do not hesitate to ask or seek help. You may be surprised at how much you can gain and learn, just by asking.READ MORE
How To Deal With Slips, Trips & Falls At A Construction Site
Many workers are faced with injuries daily at their workstations due to slips, trips, and falls. Fortunately, these accidents can be reduced with the application of several measures. In most cases, these accidents cost the company a lot of money which include compensation fees.
An estimate of around 40% of accidents related to slips, trips, and falls occur due to negligence, especially when working at heights. This reflects the importance of the Construction Safety Orientation Course (CSOC) training, which is compulsory for every construction worker working in Singapore to attend. The course guides and teaches the construction workers on their responsibilities and prepares them for times of emergencies.
This is why the work at height course for workers is available to train your employees. They gain expert advice and skills on how to evade accidents when working at heights.
Before looking at the means of preventing these accidents, we need to focus on why they occur. Slips frequently happen when there is not enough grip on the floor. Friction and traction are significant on the floor to avoid slipping. It is either through enhancing the footwear or the floor. Whichever the case, some of the reasons why slips happen are due to loosen mats and rugs on the floor, oily or wet flooring, spills and weather hazards, as well as extra smooth floors that do not have enough traction and friction.
As for trips, they occur when your foot hits an object, and this leads to a loss of balance. Consequently, someone ends up falling. Some of the common causes of tripping include uneven flooring or walking surfaces, obstruction, uncovered wires and cables, clutters, uneven carpeting and lack of sufficient lighting.
Here are some useful and effective ways to reduce slips, trips, and falls on a construction site.
Decluttering and housekeeping
You can never overemphasize cleanliness on a construction site. It is crucial to maintain clean surfaces at all times, as this will help to deter any potential accidents. If you are unable to do so, employ workers to clean the surfaces appropriately and then consider hiring a third-party company to do the job. Some of the housekeeping duties they will assist you with, comprise of cleaning all spills on the floor, marking wet areas, sweeping away all particles and debris, removing all obstacles on the floor and ensuring the orderliness of the construction site.
Without proper cleaning and housekeeping, changing the flooring and other items on the construction site is irrelevant.
Using appropriate flooring
If the flooring at the construction site is inappropriate, consider changing it for a better design. The floor needs to be coarse and with high friction to prevent slipping and falls. You do not have to change the entire flooring. You can modify the surface by making it a little bit rougher. Since it is a construction site, you may even save more on recoating the floor with the availability of labour and resources.
Equipping staff with proper footwear
Do not let your employees get to work without the appropriate footwear. This may lead to trips and slips when working on the site. If they do not have the right and suitable shoes, you should equip them with a pair to prevent any accidents from taking place.READ MORE
Why Responsibility Is Imperative For Construction Site Safety
Most construction site workers and bosses think that it is one individual’s role to ensure the safety of everyone. Well, unless you have a superman or woman in charge, safety is not always guaranteed. Thus, it is still imperative to have self-responsibility when dealing with safety concerns at work. In other words, construction safety is everyone’s responsibility at a construction site. You should learn to watch each other’s back as failing to do so can result in fatalities. In this manner, you must employ high levels of responsibility in all of your operations. This should minimize the number of accidents that happen at the site, and also ensure that everyone is protected, in case of any danger. Here are a few reasons why it is important to observe responsibility:
Reduces the chances of accidents taking place
When everyone stays responsible at a construction site, the chances of accidents happening are minimized by a great margin. The tools will always be kept at the right places, and the construction materials will be secured at the correct spot too. Even if there is no one available to monitor the safety measures, you can be assured that they are kept in place.
Encourages participation from everyone at the site
The fact that everyone gets to participate in safety measures is a reason to appreciate responsibility. When people learn that it is their individual duty to ensure safety, they will do it without being told. Moreover, when you show them how good it is to be responsible at a job site, you need not wait too long to see the results. In fact, they will have higher morale of working as opposed to when you instruct them to follow instructions without their direct participation.
To further prove this point, a lot of individual participation is encouraged in the bizsafe level 2 training, and this involves being responsible when you are required to do so.
Makes safety easier to implement
As opposed to one-person handling safety designs at a construction site, the idea of inclusivity of every worker is more effective. Imagine a scenario where an individual safety officer is to handle everyone’s safety at the construction site. This would mean that if he or she is unwell, everyone is susceptible to fatalities and injuries. Again, it is not easy handling the safety of everyone perfectly. You might find that there are voids and limitations that interfere with the daily operations. However, when everyone is involved in the precautions and safety, it becomes much easier to handle things at work. There will be no need for an individual to keep following up whether or not safety is implemented. Again, it lessens the work of a single safety officer, if present.
Helps to lessen the effects of a tragedy or accident
In case anything happens at work, and there are any injuries, being responsible individually will make sure that the situation is contained. This is through the acquisition of proper first aid kits and other emergency tools swiftly, to ensure that the damage isn’t stretched beyond control.READ MORE
Why It Is Unsafe To Use Cigarettes At A Construction Site
Smoking is one habit that can get you addicted quickly. Smoking may be great, depending on one’s perspective. However, it may pose several challenges due to the danger involved. Also, it matters where you are smoking. At a construction site, smoking may bare more harm than good. There are chances of electrical faults and fires occurring with just one spark of cigarette droppings. In fact, it is estimated that 70% of the fires occurred on construction sites are due to sheer negligence, and cigarette smoking is one example. Most construction safety courses encourage people to avoid cigarettes when working and any other drugs. But are you aware of the actual reasons why it is imperative to avoid them in the first place? Here’s why:
Due to the risk of accidental fires
This is the number one reason why you need to avoid cigarettes at your work station. It is the leading cause of accidental, or otherwise known as man-made fires. Most fire fatalities occur when one person decided to smoke inside a workstation, ignoring the obnoxious risks posed on others. The best way to address this is to completely avoid smoking while working. By doing so, you will not only keep yourself safe but also ensure the safety of your colleagues and fellow workers. In addition, you can also encourage your colleagues to employ safety and avoid smoking while working. Inform them of the negative consequences, allowing them to stay mindful of their actions.
As a boss, you need to be clear on why you don’t approve of smoking within the company premises, and that anyone found guilty will face harsh disciplinary measures. Additionally, mount NO SMOKING tags around the workplace, as stern reminders to employees.
A construction site requires full attention and absolute focus; any shift in the mental sphere can result in wrong calculations and decisions that impact work. For instance, when dealing with machines, you cannot afford to be high on drugs. This will interfere with the way you operate machinery and any other equipment.
They can either be on your body or on someone else’s body. There are numerous cigarette-related injuries on a worksite, and you can avoid them by staying clear of cigarettes during work.
Now that you are aware of the harm that cigarettes can bring, it is crucial to implement safety measures to prevent any fatalities. One significant way is to create cigarette smoking zones for workers. You may not succeed in making everyone stop smoking completely. However, you can have them smoke under safety conditions, such as establishing cigarette smoking zones. This will be a secluded area in your premises that is set aside for smokers. It will help them avoid smoking inside the site.READ MORE
Types Of Cranes Used In Construction Projects
Cranes are massive and essential machinery needed to do work on a construction site. But did you know there are different types? Read on to find out more.
Construction projects are usually very extensive and require a lot of machinery to construct the simplest of buildings. The various types of cranes are used for different purposes in a construction site.
A crane consists of different components like pulleys, booms and cables which enable it to lift, carry and lower down heavy machinery and construction materials. This machine is often used by the manufacturing and construction industry. There are different kinds of lorry cranes that are used for various purposes, and some of them are:
1. Mobile Cranes
One of the commonly used types of cranes is a mobile crane. This type of crane mainly consists of a telescopic boom attached to a mobile platform that can be wheeled, cat or rail truck. The boom is attached to the bottom of the crane which can be adjusted with the help of a hydraulic cylinder or a cable according to the construction projects.
2. Telescopic Crane
Telescopic cranes are a little different than normal ones as they consist of several tubes attached to one other. These tubes are used to increase and decrease the size of the boom. These kinds of cranes are usually used to install steel truss or carry brick pallets. These cranes have the additional component at the end of the boom similar to forklift crane which helps in carrying brick pallets and other heavy objects.
3. Tower Crane
Tower crane is a modern version of a balance crane. These are usually fixed to the ground so that they can be used to lift heavy materials to great heights. These cranes can hold up to 20 tons of material to the height of 265 feet. To ensure the safety of constructors and operators, it is necessary to ensure that the crane is fixed on a concrete base and large bolts are secured for anchoring purposes.
4. Truck Mounted Crane
In this type of equipment, the crane is attached to a truck. The good thing about this type of crane is that it can easily be shifted to other places. These cranes consist of outriggers that are placed in horizontal and vertical positions to stabilise it during the process of hoisting.
5. Overhead Crane
Overhead crane is also known as a suspended crane. This is usually used in for manufacturing purposes or in a factory, these can easily lift a lot of load at one time. As the hoist of a crane is adjusted on a trolley, it can easily move along two beams.
6. All Terrain Crane
As the name suggests, a terrain crane can be used on all roads whether they are paved or rough. The only difference is that this type of crane consists of more wheels as compared to others. Extra wheels help in maintaining the balance of the vehicle especially on rough terrains and uneven roads.
7. Floating Crane
These cranes are basically used for constructing a port or a bridge. These can also be used for loading and unloading heavy materials from ships. These cranes can lift up to 9000 tons of material, so these can also be used to lift ships that are sunk in water.
These are some of the commonly used cranes that are used in construction projects.READ MORE
Factors to Consider When Buying A Crane
Cranes are essential machinery at any construction site. Without it, it can be very difficult to lift and move heavy materials or equipment. Purchasing a lorry crane can be a daunting and expensive task. There are so many models of cranes available in the market that it can be very difficult to select the right model. You do not want to buy a machine which will not be used in the field frequentREAD MORE
What Are the Main Components of A Lorry Crane
Different types of cranes have different components which enable them to carry out various tasks. Read on for more insight into these components and parts.
Lorry crane is one of the essential machinery that is used on construction sites by different industries. A crane is a machine usually used to aid the construction process. This machine is joined with a mobile platform which is used for lifting and carrying heavy materials and objects. These machines are hydraulically operated and can quickly move heavy objects and materials. Below are the main components of a lorry crane that play an essential part in carrying heavy materials within a construction site:
A crane consists of a boom, and it is the most critical part of a lorry crane. It is the arm of a crane that lifts and lowers materials. The boom is situated behind the cabin of the operator, and it enables the crane to raise heavy materials to the required height. There are three types of booms that are used for different operations and purposes.
The Jib is another vital component of a crane – it is the extended part of the boom. The primary purpose of this component is to make the boom longer so that heavier materials can easily be lifted. Some of the cranes do not consist of a jib as these are designed to lift less amount of weight.
It is the gear located below the cabin of the crane. This gear enables the cabin to rotate to a full 360 degrees, and it controls the boom with the help of a hydraulic motor.
The cabin on the crane is joined on the deck, and it has a Rotex gear right beneath it. This gear helps the cabin in turning and rotating. This consists of the electrical control system for lorry crane operator to control the crane using the joystick and foot pedals.
5. Detachable Counterweights
The main purpose of detachable counterweights is to keep the crane balanced and prevent it from tumbling over. Professional operators use a specific formula to calculate the amount of weight that is required to keep crane stable. The amount of counterweight required depends on the load weight, the operational angle of the boom and radius of the boom.
The outrigger, similar to detachable counterweights helps the crane stay balanced during turning and other operations. Outriggers consist of three major parts; the leg otherwise also known as the beam, the foot or the pad. Sometimes they also consist of the float, and the main purpose of the float is to create a bigger base which helps in dispersing the force of the load.
7. Steel Cable
Another important component of the crane is the steel cable. This cable is situated beside the boom and, the main purpose is to tie or secure the materials being lifted. There is a metal ball attached to the hook at the end of the cable. This metal ball helps in maintaining the balance of the crane when it is not carrying any material or any load.
These are some of the main components of a crane which enables it to lift heavy materials and work smoothly.READ MORE
Artificial Intelligence in the Construction Industry
Artificial intelligence has solved numerous problems in the world as a new technology. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is a simulated software application that is built with the aim of performing human-like traits. It is meant to mimic human intelligence to the extent of acting exactly like one and incorporated into machines for specific tasks. These machines are strictly made in the anatomical stREAD MORE