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Improving Safety in the Construction Industry
Posted on 05/06/2014 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 80,000 workers are injured on construction job sites across the nation each year. Construction work is often extremely physically demanding. When you add jobs that require specialized equipment in varying weather conditions, safety is crucial.
To raise awareness of safety in the construction industry, 31 national and global construction firms have joined together to create the first US Industry Safety Week, which runs until Saturday, May 10. In support of our construction industry, we have put together a list of ways to improve job site safety:
- Perform a thorough inspection of the job site. Carefully check for any hazards and make note of any factors that may pose danger.
- Plan out projects carefully and think about everything from the tasks that will be involved to the safety equipment needed to complete each task.
- Train employees on the proper and safe use of equipment needed to complete each task. Make sure workers understand proper set-up of each type of equipment.
- Regularly inspect equipment to ensure everything is in good condition and safe to use. Report any problems and ensure faulty equipment is repaired before use.
- Provide employees with personal protective equipment, including hard hats, safety goggles, boots, work gloves, ear plugs and face masks.
- Remind your workers to be aware of their surroundings. With all types of tools, obstacles and hazardous materials around the job site, it’s important to stay alert.
While safety on the job site is crucial, it’s also important to protect your employees when they are traveling the roadways. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatalities in the workplace – more than fires, explosions, trips, falls and equipment incidents combined. To learn how to protect your employees when they are driving to and from job sites, check out our eBook, “Best Practices for Improving Driver Safety.”