Upgrade Construction Safety Through Training and Reminders
Since construction work involves potential dangers, providing safety orientation for new hires is vital. Issuing reminders and updates on any new technologies and procedures also benefits experienced employees. Use the following tips to establish a hands-on safety culture that helps shield your staff from harm.
Key Protective Measures Prioritize Caution
National PEO can offer construction safety training at your workplace or our Scottsdale, Arizona facility. OSHA courses teach your team how to avoid, recognize, and address jobsite risks. We focus on common threats including falls and electrocution along with specialized health hazards. Additional classes cover specific tasks and equipment including respirators, ladders, forklifts, and scaffolding.
To reinforce National PEO training, implement the follow procedures:
Personal obligations: Supply written safety requirements to all new recruits. Have workers sign and return included statements that indicate they read your regulations and understand your instructions. Add copies of those signature pages to their human resource (HR) files.
Prohibited actions: Itemize banned activities to cut down on accidents. Do not allow employees to text or play music through earphones while operating machinery. Forbid roughhousing among colleagues. Prohibit alcohol and drug use. Such practices can take the focus off safety, endangering staffers and others.
Mandatory gear: Provide a written inventory of all required safety equipment that new hires must wear. Typical enforced items include steel-toed boots, hard hats, goggles, ear protectors, and gloves. Issue mandatory gear with directions for proper usage. Explain penalties, which might involve immediate termination for not utilizing safety equipment correctly.
Orientations: Make attending pre-project briefings imperative. Furnish information on all tools and tasks your workers may encounter. Cover general areas like power tool safety, ladder accident prevention, crane procedures, scaffolding use, finger and hand protection, and first aid methods.
Safety meetings: Establish participation in weekly safety sessions a compulsory job prerequisite for everyone. Show brief videos that support putting personal security first. Tailor selected presentations to specific occupational categories such as truck driving and heavy equipment. Matching topics to audiences increases their suitability, so crewmembers are more likely to remember the information.
Announce any near misses and/or accidents that occurred the preceding week. Review specific safeguards regarding current construction activities. Invite employees to offer suggestions to make your jobsites safer. If heavy winds are in the weekly forecast, ask how workers plan to overcome that weather challenge.
Daily precautions: Require project managers and supervisors to review their building sites daily, looking for any possible hazards. Grant them the authority to halt jobs or direct laborers to correct dangerous conditions that might cause accidental injuries. Advise all crewmembers that they have the right to stop working whenever they see potential dangers. Require them to report all threats and physical impairments immediately and seek appropriate treatment promptly.
Visual Reminders Spotlight Injury Prevention
Place safety notices where your team will see them to minimize injuries. Besides re-enforcing information that your employees receive in training and meetings, these visible items can be great motivators.
Posters: Printed signs rank as the most prevalent visual reminders. Most repeat required equipment like work boots and hard hats that personnel must wear. A frequently overlooked bathroom poster stresses the importance of handwashing. Whether a virus or broken bone sidelines a crewmember, he suffers while lost productivity hurts your business.
Another popular poster lists first aid steps. While it does not prevent bodily harm, it is helpful by recapping emergency procedures. Replacing such visuals regularly is key since cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques and first aid guidelines undergo updates in five-year intervals. They coincide with recommendations following Emergency Cardiovascular Conferences held in 2010, 2015, 2020, etc.
Scoreboards: Changeable signs indicating the rising day count that jobsites have gone without accidents or injuries are positive safety reminders. Facilities display these typically large and relevant motivators prominently. By applying just enough subtle peer pressure, scoreboards encourage everyone to be more careful. Nobody wants to discourage his co-workers by ruining the team record. Therefore, everyone avoids physical harm that would necessitate restarting the count from day one.
Books and videos: Keep a supply of safety manuals and printed documents in a study area so employees can reference them easily. Set up stations where staffers can watch safety videos. Rotate selections if storage space is limited, which also expands available options. Alternatively, make videos available on your intranet site or via your learning management system (LMS) so workers can refresh their knowledge as needed.