A High Risk Industry
Because of the numerous risks and hazards on construction sites, working in construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Working at heights, lifting large loads, operating machinery, and working around potentially harmful substances and hazardous materials such as asbestos, all increase the risk of accidents and work-related health concerns for construction workers.
Personal Protective Equipment
Wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) can be the difference between a small injury and a long-term or fatal injury.
It’s critical to give your staff the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the type of task they’re doing. Helmets, ear protection, safety goggles, knee pads, and high-vis coats are examples. They must be replaced as soon as they are no longer fit for purpose or become damaged. Make sure they wear them, too!
Provide Employee Training
Employees should understand when and how they are expected to deal with a possible danger on-site, as well as what risks to look out for and how to report them. Providing staff with additional health and safety training is a great way to show them they are cared for while also giving them the opportunity to learn new skills.
It’s crucial that workers know what actions are beyond their remit and when they need to be escalated to either management or a competent third party. Clearly communicating who is responsible for what actions will help avoid unnecessary danger to workers not qualified to manage certain risks.
Become ISO 45001 Certified
ISO 45001 is the internationally recognised standard for Occupational Health & Safety Management and is designed to prevent work-related injury and ill-health. By obtaining this certification, you are demonstrating your construction company’s commitment to the health and safety of your employees and other stakeholders.
ISO certification is also extremely popular in the construction industry as it enables your business to qualify for tenders, winning you new business.
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