I read an article the other day from The Engineering News-Record that brought up some statistics of construction safety that were, to put it lightly, less than thrilling. Based on research, a good majority of contractors are not making the cut in critical safety investments and taking a lax approach to formal procedures. Budgets coming in short are a motivator for cutting corners with safety considerations, but the average ROI for safety programs is notable. As JH Greene continues to advocate their safety program in all projects, the following are some pointers for those looking to become a bit more resilient in this space—trust us, it’s worth it.
Areas of attention to enhance safety engagement:
1. Acceptance of a cultural shift
Creating a safety culture involves more than hanging up guidelines on a bulletin board. It must focus on a deep concern for employee well-being and observation of their best interests as a contributor toward company success. When this commitment is upheld by all levels of management, the safety prioritization will trickle down to each individual and allow for a cultural change.
2. Continuous Education
Hands-on safety training is a great way to involve equipment and potential risk scenarios to meet your safety expectations based on each participant’s unique job requirements. This type of conversation is one that should become part of everyday discussion to limit exposure to danger.
3. Involve safety in project planning
SafetyPro offers a free worksheet that allows job safety assessments flexible to any type of engagement. These considerations can be tackled early on to prepare for the worst and be equipped for any situation. SafetyPro also points out that conducting regular field inspections is one of the best tools out there to improve safety across the board. “Inspections can uncover safety risks caused by worn equipment, unsafe behaviors, or misplaced tools and give you a chance to correct them before they can cause an accident.”
Whether your company is small or large, construction safety is a concern for all. With everything at stake, a little preparation can go a long way.
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