Whatever the industry, it’s essential that business owners prioritise the health and safety of their employees.
However, one sector that is particularly high risk is construction. This is a hazardous industry to work in that sees some of the highest injury and fatality levels.
Employers in this sector need to take additional steps to look out for the health and safety of those working onsite.
Why is health and safety important in construction?
One of the main reasons why focusing on health and safety in construction companies is so important is that this is one of the hazardous industries. There were 123 fatalities in the workplace last year and construction had the highest number of incidents. Plus, working at a height caused the most deaths, according HSE statistics, and construction has a higher-than-average workplace injury rate compared to other industries.
As well as working at a height being a significant cause of accidents and, in some cases, fatalities on a constriction site, other common causes of accidents in this sector include:
- Falls from scaffolding and ladders
- Unsecured objects and equipment falling
- Faulty equipment
- Poor training
- Noise hazards
- Heavy equipment
- Poor planning and site management
Who can benefit from improved health and safety procedures?
Focusing on health and safety is beneficial for both employers and those working onsite. By updating procedures and introducing robust measures, construction businesses are more likely to protect workers. This, in turn, can boost productivity and encourage loyalty as workers are more likely to want to stay on a site that makes them feel safe from harm.
How to update health and safety procedures
There are several areas to focus on when updating health and safety. These include:
Working on a construction site requires a fully trained team. From manual handling to driving forklift trucks, there are lots of skills needed in order to complete a job. Ensuring the team is fully trained up and knows how to use equipment and other essentials is crucial not only to make sure the job is completed to the highest standard, but to prevent injuries.
Additionally, training staff in how to keep areas clear of cables and other hazards can keep workers safe.
- Using proper equipment
As well as knowing how to use the equipment, investing in the right tools will ensure that tasks are done properly and safely. Many health and safety incidents come from using equipment incorrectly or failing to use equipment when needed.
Create a secure setting where employees can feel free to ask if they’re unsure of anything and provide them with the correct equipment. Consider also how equipment and tools are moved around the site. For instance, using hoists like these help to move loads safely from one area to another.
- Investing in PPE
What protective equipment is required to do the job effectively? Onsite workers will need good quality protective wear. Boots, overalls, eye shields and high-quality ear plugs are all things to consider when stocking up.
- Update signage
Having clear signage is also essential on a site. Letting workers what area they’re in and where electric cables are, for example, can help to make moving around safer.
By taking the time to focus on health and safety procedures, you’ll be able to keep your workers safe.