Construction safety is often followed, to some extent. Even in some of the best companies, there are many safety measures that are not taken as seriously as they should be, or in worse cases, totally neglected.
The worst part is that majority of these safety measures are fairly simple to implement and follow. Yet, if they are not implemented properly, could potentially result into a company bleeding a lot of money just because of a mishap that could’ve easily been prevented.
If you want to improve your company’s emphasis on safety and establish what’s referred to as a “safety-focused culture”, you can start by making sure that your construction company follows these commonly neglected, but important, construction safety practices and tips.
1. Ladder safety
The best scenario for a ladder accident is that someone gets a sprain. The worst case is someone experiences some head trauma after a fall, or dies.
Most ladder accidents happen because ladders were either not secured or safely positioned, or they were used despite having damaged components. Both are preventable with proper safety practices by teaching employees how to use ladders properly and check for any signs of damages, as well as using ladders that comply with safety standards.
2. Respiratory safety
Exposure levels and fume components are some of the two most neglected things in construction.
Make sure that your areas are checked by a qualified occupational health specialist. In addition, checking in with insurance companies for recommendations on what assessments should be done for respiratory safety and how to address any issues found should also be of top priority.
3. First aid stations and fire safety
Though most construction sites are where accidents are relatively common and where a fire is an occupational hazard, these places still lack proper first aid stations and equipment to handle emergencies such as a fire.
Every worker on the site should know where to go in case they get injured, bruised or scraped. More importantly, they should undergo training to know what to do in case of a fire.
It's also important to make sure that fire equipment like fire extinguishers and fire alarms are checked to make sure they are working.
4. Welding safety
Injuries from welding can go from noticeable injuries like disfigurement and eye injuries, to those hidden from the naked eye, like respiratory problems.
Wearing proper equipment can help minimize the welder’s risk from such risks and make sure that they can be as healthy for as long as possible.
5. Proper training
Going for proper construction training can prevent so many accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, employees don’t receive nearly enough training, nor are most of them willing to enrol in free and voluntary educational programs to receive certification.
Both the company and its employees should encourage each other to conduct proper safety trainings for everyone working on the site. This way, construction safety becomes a top priority and not just an afterthought.
A safe construction site is a productive construction site. Follow these safety practices and your company should be one-step closer to creating a safety-first environment.