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Creating a culture of safety on construction sites

On Behalf of | Jul 25, 2020 | Construction Accidents

Construction companies know that employees face certain risks on job sites. This type of work is complex and physically demanding, and there are often many people doing many different tasks all at the same time. It can be risky to work in this type of job, and the possibility of injury is high. Safety should be a main priority on every type of jobsite.

One way that Ohio employers can reduce the chance of accidents is to create a culture of safety with every team on every type of site. In addition to the regulations and standards put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are additional steps that can improve safety and increase awareness on jobsites. It is the responsibility of each Ohio site manager and employer to provide employees the opportunity to work in an environment that is as safe as reasonably possible.

A culture of safety

Creating a culture of safety on construction sites starts with increasing awareness. Workers should be aware of risks involved with their specific jobs, as well as how they can stay safe. Many times, accidents happen simply because workers are not fully aware of the hazards they may face while doing their jobs. Another crucial component of safety is providing necessary training.

Safety training should be a requirement for all workers on construction sites. They should know basic safety measures as well as how to use safety equipment properly. Training should not be a one-time endeavor, with updates and reminders provided by employers as needed. It is also important to remember that, in order for sites to be as safe as possible, workers need access to safety equipment. For example, those who work from heights should have harnesses and fall prevention gear.

Communication is key

Regular and clear communication is a crucial component of safety on a jobsite. Workers should be sure of what to expect while doing their jobs, and this can happen by site managers providing daily updates, regularly discussing goals with the team and listening to concerns from workers. Regular communication throughout the day can be a major step toward reducing accidents.

When accidents happen

It’s possible that accidents will happen at even the safest of jobsites. When this happens, workers should know how to get the help they need as soon as possible. This includes knowing how to file a workers’ compensation claim and pursue the maximum amount of benefits available to them.