Working at a construction site requires a great deal of caution. Some studies, however, indicate inadequate health and safety measures on construction sites. They also reveal a lack of effective enforcement mechanisms. This is probably the reason why several workers neglect simple safety measures, such as wearing hard hats and gloves.
As a safety engineer or manager, you are responsible in keeping the work area safe for work. Here are a few measures you can include to ensure this:
Safety Take 5 Program
Safety Take 5 Program is becoming a popular safety drill that is developed based on safety research and accident data. This procedure is a simple yet effective way to increase safety awareness at work. By using this program, you and other workers have to identify the job requirements and the hazards at work. Safety Take 5 explains that before starting the tasks, you may initiate a risk control plan to prevent accidents.
Worksite Safety Procedures
Common sense dictates that wearing personal protective equipment like hard hats and protective gloves is a necessity in commercial sites. This, however, is often neglected by many workers especially in work areas with no immediate history of accidents. As a safety engineer, you may administer the safety guidelines without needing to force the workers. Try a personal yet authoritative approach. Enhance your relationship with the workers to cultivate a sense of trust and confidence in the work area.
Also, make sure that safety signs are posted in the appropriate areas. Before starting the work, huddle the team and remind them to wear safety harness, goggles, and dust masks. You may proceed with the operations after the inspection, and if no adjustments are needed to make the area safer.
Trainings and Seminars
Apart from the daily worksite reminders, you should establish constant communication with your workers through trainings and seminars. Through these activities, you can present the reasons for implementing stringent regulations, and make them understand the risks and dangers of negligence at work. Create an atmosphere of mutual understanding so you can easily employ safety and preventive measures.
Despite safety negligence in general, there are other areas that experience a decline in construction injury rates, such as Texas, where construction injuries dropped to almost 50% in the last decade. In line with this, authorities and analysts raise a possibility that a growing number of firms are performing work site safety procedures.
Based on the information from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 4.4 incidents per 100 workers are recorded as construction injury rate in 2003. This percentage has dropped to 2.3 incidents per 100 workers in 2012.