Seven Tips for Maintaining a Safe Work Environment

Despite the fact that construction sites must comply with strict government regulations, accidents can still happen.  It’s not just the foreman’s responsibility to ensure that a site is problem-free; all employees play a role in creating a safe work environment.  Here are seven tips that will help keep a construction site accident-free.

1.    Avoid clutter. Trips and falls are a common cause of workplace injury.  Ensuring that all equipment is out of the way when not in use is more than just common courtesy – it can also help avoid an unfortunate accident.

2.    Always use protective equipment. Although some safety equipment – like hard hats and steel-toed boots – are mandatory, other pieces of safety equipment, like extra gripping on work boots, are not.  Always err on the side of caution and avoid unnecessary risks whenever possible.

3.    Make sure instructions are given, and received, properly. Miscommunication has led to more than a few workplace injuries.  It’s important that workers feel comfortable expressing their concerns and asking questions on a construction site.  Foremen should always take extra precautions to ensure that all tasks are understood before any work begins.

4.    Keep a working fire extinguisher nearby. Fire extinguishers are mandatory on most construction sites, but it’s alarming how often they are overlooked.  This is definitely one piece of safety equipment that you want working in the event of an emergency.

5.    On that note, it also doesn’t hurt to make sure that all fire alarm systems are in good working order.

6.    Make sure all workers are accounted for, at all times. This can be difficult to do, especially on a large site, but it’s important to have some sort of informal “buddy system” in place.  Should a worker become injured, it’s important that he or she can be located quickly – in many instances, this can improve the worker’s chance of recovery.

7.    Assign designated smoking areas. Flammable materials and open gas lines abound on construction sites.   It’s important that all workers honour designated smoking areas.

Norsteel takes workers safety seriously, making us much sought after by builders, dealers and contractors within the prefab metal building industry.


1 Response to “Seven Tips for Maintaining a Safe Work Environment”

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