Statistically, construction represents the highest level of workplace accidents across all industries—not exactly the most thrilling announcement. On the bright side, this is improving with growth in prevention measures. I’ve become familiar with a fair share of mobile apps and process improvements focused on safeguarding employees in the field, but I recently stumbled on an article from eSub that broadens on some best practices worth putting into action.
No matter who you are, a key way to ensure safety is to instill awareness across all workers. For reference, OSHA (if you’re unfamiliar, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) publishes ten standards most frequently recorded in accidents filed. This safety series releases common hazards and solutions that cover just about every way to stay protected given each hazard’s causes. From scaffolding to fall protection, OSHA presents some methods to prevention that studies have shown can save lives.
Another way to reduce risk is a means to gaining awareness: enhanced training and educational resources. There are countless resources that construction teams should take advantage of to remind themselves how unexpected danger can present itself in all different ways. Ongoing training sessions are a priority to keep safety practices top of mind.
As an example, the JH Greene team’s educational safety procedures consist of new hires in the field being equipped with 30 hours OSHA training and an initial orientation outlining our quality standards. Following the initial orientation, there is a monthly safety training overview meeting where different topics and concerns are addressed. In addition, OSHA certification is updated each year for all job site staff. These measures are ensured for all accounts due to the impact of emphasizing this priority.
During these meetings, communication and proper documentation leave teams aligned to expectations and aware of concerns so that surprises are as minimized as possible. No construction project has all challenges addressed before they occur, but the more planning against potential situations—the better. When safety and worker health is on the line, there is no excuse for cutting corners.