A lot of companies may preach construction site safety, but only a select few actually practice it, and for good reason – it is much easier said than done.
Establishing construction site safety and building a culture that puts safety first above others takes a lot of time, money, and effort. It’s not just about paying for Bizsafe level 2 courses and passing them either. Although such certifications could help, it is more about establishing a culture that starts from the upper management.
Below are tips that can help you improve construction site safety and put your company one step closer to building a safety-first culture.
1. Invest in training
This cannot just be overstated.
Training is the best way to get everyone in the construction site involved and improve their knowledge. Whether it’s equipment training, emergency training, safety training, and so on, there should always be safety training happening, one way or another, for the company.
By putting effort into establishing an ongoing training schedule for all employees, workers can retain all that they’ve learned and will be able to practice safety at the workplace, even without being reminded to do so.
2. Involve your workers in the safety culture
Training workers to practice safety is one thing, making sure that they’re actually working in a safe environment is another.
To involve your workers and have them believe in the “safety-first” culture, you need to put their safety first. This means that making sure that the site is rid of as many safety hazards as possible and is continuously checked to make sure that contingencies are in place and working.
As an added measure, you can establish a response team made up of employees who have undergone the necessary basic training and have understood how to apply the standard first aid and have the ability to guide other employees in case of emergencies.
By involving all workers and getting them to buy into the safety culture, they’re more likely to take the safety measures in place much more seriously. Also, by making them feel like you value their opinion, they’re likely to voice out their concerns, which, the majority of the time, serves to their and the company’s benefit.
3. Conduct daily inspections
Construction sites should be checked before and after every workday. This isn’t so much as not trusting your workers, but to prove a point and hold them accountable, as well as making sure that everything is in order.
Daily inspections are also crucial as they improve the chances of any potential hazards being identified as early as possible and make sure that all workers are working safely so as to prevent any unwanted injuries.
All companies have some form of emphasis on safety. Not all of them, however, take it as seriously as they should.
Taking the time to establish a safety-first culture, though not easy, ensures that the company has a progressive mindset towards employee safety and minimizes any chances of a financially-crippling accident happening now or in the near future, which is both a win-win situation for both the company and its employees alike.