Keeping Your Employees Safe in a Construction Zone

If you are managing a construction project, the safety of your employees should be first in importance. There are several steps you can take to make sure the construction you will be providing is performed without injury. Here are a few precautions to take before and during a construction project to make sure that risk of injury is minimized.

Hold Safety Training

Make it mandatory for each employee you will have on-site to take a safety training course before the project begins. Handing out paperwork and expecting employees to follow instructions without training is not enough to keep all injuries at bay. Hold safety training in a classroom setting where employees can ask questions after learning about the materials and tools they are expected to use.

If possible, have new employees spectate at a construction project before they have hands-on-training. Make sure someone is available to walk them through the area, pointing out the risk factors involved.

Do an Assessment

While the construction project is in full swing, have the area evaluated for any prevalent risk factors. Hire a risk assessment consulting firm to give a non-biased opinion about how the job is being conducted. This information is then given to the risk assessment manager to find ways to stop behaviors that are less than safe. The hazards are then removed and the employees will be given additional training to stop doing activities that are harmful. 

Prepare for Injury

Even if employees have training and are constantly being evaluated for ways to improve safety while out in the field, there is still a chance that an injury will occur. When you are dealing with a large number of employees putting themselves in harm's way by using heavy equipment or working in areas with electricity or dangerous heights, having medical help readily accessible is a big help. Having an on-site medic will help keep employees on the job-site, saving money lost when employees that become injured need to leave the site to seek medical care.

A trailer is usually set up in a central place for all employees to use, when necessary. The medic will be able to handle smaller injuries, such as scrapes or bleeding, providing the employees with the proper first aid materials to care for the wounds. If there is a larger injury, the onsite medic will be able to decide if the employee is fit to go back to work or if they will need transportation to a hospital setting.