As the country and local economies are weathering the COVID-19 storm together, many industries had to halt operations to flatten the curve and reduce the spread. With the majority of businesses closed, a large number of construction companies are considered essential and therefore remaining open.
How to Remain Safe in Your Construction Zone
Job site safety hazards are everywhere. Even the most experienced workers can be subject to dangerous safety issues. In order to protect workers and keep production levels high, safety programs are key. Here are proven ways to implement construction safety measures while keeping your crew safe.
- Wear Protective Gear
- Keep Employees Educated
- Regular Equipment Inspections
1) Wear Protective Gear
Inspect your construction site on a regular basis to find any safety issues such as fall hazards, potential electrical malfunctions, and dangerous places to get caught in between. Take note of which employees are wearing the proper equipment and which are lacking.
Pro Tip: Don’t only provide protective gear, but mandate that workers wear it when they’re in risky situations.
2) Keep Employees Educated
Another important tip for preventing falls and other injuries in the construction industry is to offer quality, relevant safety training for all employees. While seasoned workers might think they know best, because they’ve been in the industry for years, there’s always room for growth and improvement. Most construction projects are filled with occupational safety and health hazards. Properly trained employees are less likely to get injured while on the clock.
3) Regular Equipment Inspections
Construction equipment requires routine inspections and maintenance to keep downtime low and workers safe. Listen for unusual noises, like grinding or humming. Weird sounds could mean there’s an issue with the transmission. Check underneath machines for leaks and other problems. Keep a checklist at hand to ensure each piece of equipment is being tested.
Construction site safety is an important part of keeping your team safe and operations moving. Keep your employees informed and offer fall protection gear. Communicate regularly with your crew to make sure everyone is on the same page. By following these recommendations, you can decrease the risk of workplace-related injuries. Want to learn more about equipment maintenance and safety? Connect with us on Facebook for industry updates!