The success of a project is not always measured by how flawless the final product is. Safety of everyone involved is a large factor in determining the accomplishment of a job. The value of safety is underestimated in the simplest ways.
Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work in when an improper management system is employed. Many unforeseen potential tragedies can be realised when workers think only about production and not safety.
Here are some tips both for the contractor management and the workers on how to stay safe at work:
Safety Equipment and Proper Use of Tools
Equipment such as gloves, goggles, ear plugs or hard hats greatly lessens the possibility of injuries or the intensity of injury if there is one. Reading the manual and practicing the proper use of tools and equipment prevent accidents, no matter how simple or complicated the task may be. Accidents happen when people take safety for granted.
Rest and Hydration
Taking frequent rests from time to time for water breaks or snacks is more productive than bulking up the work in long periods for longer breaks. This lessens the fatigue and risks of dehydration throughout the duration of work. More often, tired and burnt out workers tend to lose concentration and alertness to identify possible hazards. Taking regular breaks help workers stay fresh on the job.
Another important note is to provide a source of safe, drinking water for the workers. Caffeinated soft drinks, tea, coffee, and other sugary drinks actually accelerate dehydration, making water the best choice of all time.
Insects and Other Pests
A worksite can house a variety of hiding animals, most of which pose a serious threat, thanks to the hiding holes and burrows created in the area. Insects like mosquitoes can spread life-threatening diseases, not to mention the bothering bites that cause a slight inconvenience. Poisonous spiders, snakes, and other critters may be lurking in corners. To avoid these instances, always keep the worksite clean and free of clutter. It would also help to be wary before disturbing materials.
Poorly stored food, especially during hot weather, is a thriving ground for bacteria. Food spoilage causes serious illnesses when consumed. If there is no refrigerator available in the workplace, ice packs and insulated bags can do wonders in keeping your food safe.
Every workplace safety plan should include fire prevention. Australia is renowned for bushfires, and the possibilities intensify during the summer season. Have your site free of clutter, most of which can be flammable materials such as broken branches and leaf litter, and keep hazardous materials safely stored.
Many sites have lockdown periods during holidays, so it is important to prevent unauthorized access to prevent accidents. Secure fencing and warning signs to keep people out should be in place, while dangerous goods and machinery should be locked away.
Keeping the workplace safe is not the contractor management’s job alone. Safety is best practiced when all people concerned are fully engaged in this cause, but at the end of the day, without the management’s guidance, this could all go into chaos.
Contact your local contractor management provider to learn more about how you can keep your workplace safe.