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How to Improve Worker Safety in the Construction Industry

Posted by Kevin Shoemaker on Dec 11, 2019 10:39:20 AM


With so much heavy machinery and dangerous tools being used, working on a construction site can be one of the most dangerous jobs to do. Maintaining the safety of your construction workers is imperative for not just their sakes but for the sake of the job as well. A shortage of workers can mean time lost completing a job as well as lots of money in workers' compensation. By following the following suggestions, you can help to ensure a better working environment in the construction industry.

Follow Protocols

Following safety protocols will not only help workers avoid accidents that take them out of work, but it also limits company liability for accidents. Not only must you, as an employer, adhere to safety protocols, but your workers must abide by them as well. Workers should be thoroughly trained on the proper procedures as well as safety gear needed in order to complete a job safely. Employees who are not certified to operate specific equipment should not be allowed to do so in order to prevent accidents and injury.

Use Technology

With the help of virtual reality, employees can be exposed to confined spaces, high heights, and other environments all while remaining in a controlled and safe environment. Virtual reality can help employees to better apply safety procedures and training learned by experiencing an augmented scenario. Virtual reality has been used to train pilots, surgeons, and other professions in order to help the trainee gain experience without enduring the risks. Also, real-time data can be collected from equipment such as site sensors, which can monitor temperature, dust, volatile compounds, and other components that may be harmful. Thus, this can help to keep workers safe. Data sharing between project managers on different sites can enable collaboration of projects and help to avoid errors.

Manage Site Safety

Not only is it important that you implement proper safety procedures, but you must also make sure that employees are always following them. Performing site inspections daily as well as having safety meetings can help to keep everyone on the safety train. Be sure that sites are being properly and thoroughly inspected prior to the start of work and after the workday has completed. Address all issues that you may come across, such as damaged equipment or tools that have not been properly stored away, so that you can maintain a safe working environment. It may be a good idea to have a brief chat with your employees prior to starting work for the day. You can not only go over the expectations for the project but the safety precautions as well. You can also try our job safety analysis software to make monitoring hazards even easier.

Maintaining a safe work environment is more about maintenance than the implementation. You must make sure that your employees are up to date on the current safety procedures as well as properly trained on any equipment. Utilizing technology such as drones to evaluate the job site or site sensors to mitigate risks can make improving the safety of your job site easy and quick.