Far too many Australians are killed and injured on construction sites. It is not surprising that when people are working at heights on partially built structures, using heavy, complex lifts and operating machinery in small spaces, the chances of an incident are high. However, there are some ways to minimise risks and dangers.
Every construction site worker knows they should wear safety gear, yet so many workers opt to not wear it. Every site issues hard hats, gloves, boots and safety glasses. At some sites, workers may need to wear lab coats, paper face masks, latex gloves or use protective harnesses. Make wearing them non-negotiable and ensure workers feel obligated to do so by management and co-workers.
Repetitive training for safety procedures may seem like overkill to construction site workers, but it is necessary so that the correct techniques become second nature. The training varies across sites, but often includes using specific site equipment, correct methods of lifting, best ways to get on and off machinery safely, how to use ladders, correct lifting techniques and even things such as checking areas for slipperiness.
Construction sites change on a daily basis, so what seemed safe yesterday may no longer be safe today. A daily walkthrough of the site to look for any potential hazards that may cause accidents is definitely worthwhile. Report any safety issue to managers. This daily walkthrough offers an opportunity to check that workers are wearing their safety gear and you can watch whether people are using the correct safety procedures and maybe even spot a potential accident before it happens.
Make your site inaccessible to everyone except authorised personnel. Construction sites are magnets for adventurous children and curious neighbours. It is crucial for their safety and for your own liability to ensure proper fencing is in place. To minimise risk, fence the entire perimeter of your site using high fences. Lock all entry points at night.
Protect your company, workers and the general public by posting signs at the entrance and other relevant site locations where anyone is required to wear protective gear, such as hard hats, protective gloves or safety footwear. Anyone ignoring their own safety compromises themselves and their co-workers. Signage is important for ensuring safety and defending against potential liability claims. Always provide clear directions to the site office so that visitors don’t wander around.
Piles of debris can hide materials and pose fire hazards. Prevent accidents by storing all flammable liquids and toxic substances safely and securely. Sitecraft has a wide range of dangerous goods storage containment products.