Five ways to heighten safety when on-site
Too many accidents continue to occur at worksites throughout the country. These accidents not only represent an unnecessary delay in production, but they can also change peoples’ lives irreparably. Unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been prevented if proper protocols and procedures had been followed.
Rather than take the risk and hope for the best, it is important for every worksite supervisor to be proactive when it comes to on-site safety. By having height safety equipment and other safety procedures in place, you will be able to avoid serious workplace accidents from taking place.
Let’s look at five specific ways that you can improve safety conditions when you are on-site.
Personal protective equipment
All workers need to be equipped with the proper equipment and safety gear for the type of work that they will be doing. Naturally, this will differ a great deal depending on what each worker is doing. This can include hard hats, high-visibility vests, and face masks. Having emergency supplies of water and first-aid supplies is also important. If there is an accident, then the more resources you have on-hand, the more likely you can avoid serious consequences.
Awareness of the existing risks on a job site is one of the most important aspects of boosting on-site safety. To make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to an awareness of these risks and hazards, communication is key. To this end, regular safety meetings to discuss the potential issues that may arise during the day are useful. Encouraging your team to acknowledge potential hazards and bring them to your attention whenever possible is also a good habit to get into. In especially problematic areas, it is also important, and may even be legally required, to post signs and warnings describing specific hazards.
Workers who are well-trained in safety measures and emergency response techniques will certainly contribute to a safer workplace. Make sure that everyone has a basic understanding of what needs to happen when an accident happens. It is important to have many, if not all, people on your team with a certification in first aid.
Holding regular training sessions to familiarise your workers with the tasks and equipment they are supposed to use is also effective at avoiding preventable accidents.
From a legal perspective, it is critical to keep good records of everything that occurs on your job site. Even if there are no accidents, it is important to have clear logs of who was working, when they were working, and what they were doing.
When it comes to verifying the safety and first-aid certifications of your workers, it is important to have this documentation in your files as well. If anything should go wrong, then you will have this information readily available.
Documentation is also useful for analysing patterns in the rate of accidents or near misses that occur on your worksite. By identifying problems early, you will be able to avoid more serious issues in the future.
Part of every supervisor or manager’s job is to ensure the safety of their workers. To this end, supervisors need to be vigilant in ensuring that their workers follow the rules when it comes to safety. Enforcement is key to building a culture of safety in any workplace.
Follow the rules
Following these five strategies will get your organisation on track to improve its safety record. Beyond these tips, continue to look for innovative ways to make your workplace safer on a regular basis. The more proactive you are, the better your team will be at avoiding preventable accidents.