Numbers from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicate that in 2016 there were 5,190 workers killed on the job. This translates to 14 fatalities every day. Of these numbers, 991 worker deaths were in the construction industry, with the most common causes of death being electrocution, being struck by an object, or being caught in between machinery or something else.
These numbers are just within the United States alone. According to the International Labour Organization, there’s an average of around 2.78 million workplace fatalities annually, with 374 million more receiving injuries or illnesses on the job.
Important Tips For Safety in the Workplace
Those high accident numbers don’t mean you should close your construction company or stop everyone from conducting business related to construction. Rather, it’s more important now than ever for you as an employer to ensure the safety of your workers throughout the workplace. Here are some ways to accomplish this:
- Make sure everyone is accounted for. Regardless whether the site is a product of your company or something another company is managing for your business, make sure you’re aware of who is in the construction zone at all times. If there’s a need to ban people other than essential personnel, do so to make sure you’re aware of everyone’s location.
- Make sure everyone is aware of protocol in these construction sites. Your worker manual or your employee handbook should have some sections related to behavior in construction sites. If not, release a document with instructions on how employees should behave and work near construction sites.
- Make sure there are appropriate signages and barriers in the area. Regardless of whether or not you’re primarily a construction business, if you’re setting up a new site, or if you’re undergoing renovation, make sure there are enough signs for relevant matters including if there is falling debris, slippery areas, or if there are other hazards everyone should be aware of.
- If anyone needs to go into the site, make sure they are adequately equipped. If someone has to go to the site of the construction to make a report, make sure they are properly geared. Aside from helmets, make sure they are wearing safety equipment such as gloves, boots, reflective clothing, and even vests if they are essential.
- Make sure everyone who is working there is aware of how to use their tools. Regardless of whether or not your construction site is a location your company has hired people to create or maintain, or if your company itself is related to construction, make sure everyone working there is aware of how to use and maintain their tools. Make sure their equipment is properly repaired and maintained as well.
- Make sure you have access to medical assistance and medical facilities. If it’s in any way possible to set up a clinic in the construction zone, please do so. If not, make sure the construction site has easy access to roads leading to the nearest medical facility to ensure the safety of everyone working in there.
Consider All the Safety Protocols and Equipment You Need
When it comes to avoiding construction accidents, a lot of factors have to be considered. Aside from following proper protocol, there has to be the right kind of equipment and the right kind of protocols for everyone to follow to make sure their work is safe. Then there will be smooth sailing ahead. If you’re in need of any legal assistance on the matter, click here to learn more.