Construction related work is considered one of the more dangerous or high risk occupations. Heights, heavy and large equipment, complex machinery and unstable ground are just some examples of what workers face in undertaking their work. With the number of construction industry workers having grown by 33% over the last 11 years, site safety is increasingly important and front of mind for most businesses in this industry. No matter how well trained or careful workers claim to be, due to the nature of their jobs construction workers are constantly exposed to hazardous conditions and dangerous situations. To highlight Australia’s National Safe Work Month, here are 5 steps to assist in making construction sites safer.
Construction Site Safety – Sometimes the obvious can be overlooked durring hectic work periods. The following are 5 steps to improve construction site safety:
- Provide Appropriate Training
Training is necessary for construction workers, especially when power tools are involved. It is also important for employers to make sure all staff have completed a general Work Health & Safety (WHS) construction induction for the industry as this is not only a legal requirement to be on a worksite in Australia but also give workers the skills they need to stay safe on the job.
- Constantly inspect Work Areas
Scaffolds are a fundamental part of most construction sites and are associated with a high number of injuries, make sure scaffolds are inspected by a competent person before commencing work. Ladders are other essential construction site tools with a high potential for incidents, make sure all ladders are in good condition before allowing staff to use them. It is also important to do regular maintenance to electrical equipment and machinery.
- Invest in Good Quality Equipment
Good tools and equipment can be expensive but so are days off, workers compensation claims and the costs associated with lower quality work. Repetitive use, poor design or faulty tools can lead to health issues and increase the risks of accidents happening at the work.
- Keep First Aid Close
All employers must ensure that basic first aid for minor burns, cuts, and falls is always accessible to the workers on site.
- Have a Safety Plan in Place
Implement an effective system for notifying, reporting and addressing incidents. In order to keep a danger free construction site any potential hazards on the worksite should be resolved quickly.
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