Employers are legally bound to guarantee the safety of their employees. But more than a measure to comply with law, keeping employees safe makes them more inclined to be productive. Ensuring your people’s safety makes good business sense, so it pays to implement measures that improve safety at your workplace. For those who belong to the construction industry, U.S. Healthworks for Employers would like to recommend implementing these safety measures:
Ensure safety of work areas
Scaffolds and ladders are associated with a lot of injuries in the construction industry. To reduce risks when working with these tools, ensure that all your people are properly trained in their use. Make sure they know the proper preparations before beginning their work. Likewise, ensure that a scaffold or ladder is properly secured before any worker climbs up on them. This is something that needs to be done at the beginning of every work day.
Be vigilant with equipment
Electrical hazards are an ever-present risk with construction equipment. Electric shocks, fires, and explosions are common electrical hazards in most construction sites. When using plugged in equipment, cables need to be protected, metal casing grounded, and every circuit provided with its own earth leakage circuit breaker. In addition, proper training is necessary before some equipment, such as a material hoist or crane, can be operated. Make sure your operators receive the latest training required by your industry.
Wear the proper protective gear
All workers should wear the protective clothing that’s specially designed for their specific duties. For instance, those who work in noisy environment should wear earplugs or muffs, while those who use welding equipment should be required to wear gloves, protective goggles, and well-fitted helmets. Likewise, there are different types of safety shoes that serve different functions, including those that protect the foot from crushing, perforation, and electrocution, so be sure your people wear safety shoes accordingly.
Ensure first aid availability
Employers need to make first aid easily accessible to the workers. Basic first aid kits for common construction workplace risks such as cuts, burns, and falls should be available onsite, and a trained medical provider should always be on hand to use them.
In the event of an injury that can’t be handled by first aid, take the injured to an emergency room or U.S. HealthWorks urgent care occupational medicine health facility.
(5 Safety Measures Every Construction Worker Must Take, OHSOnline.com)