Safety should always be valued on a construction site, as should efficiency. While many think of these two factors as being in opposition, they can actually work together. Below are a few steps you can take to keep your work site efficient and safe at the same time.
One of the most effective ways to keep your site safe is to make sure that it is run professionally. Follow all of your local laws and ordinances and make sure that safety is considered a priority among your foremen and supervisors. It’s also a good idea to make sure that a commitment to safety is an important factor considered in hiring, as those employees with good safety records are more likely to work safely on your site.
One of the sad truths of the construction industry is that accidents can often occur due to poorly managed timetables. Businesses that give their employees too little time to finish a job or that manage projects poorly so that they run long tend to encounter more accidents because those on the site are in a rush. Make sure that you’re setting reasonable timetables so that no one on your site has to rush in an unsafe manner in order to make a deadline.
It’s always best to hire specialists to take care of those jobs that your employees are not trained to handle. Though it can be costly to transport your equipment from site to site, you should make sure that you don’t cut corners during this process. Not only will hiring a qualified rigging service make the process of loading and unloading easier, it will also help to prevent transit-related accidents.
Finally, it’s vital that you lead by example when it comes to safety. While many owners think that this begins and ends with wearing a helmet on the site, the truth is that the way you act about safety regulations is going to have a huge role on how your entire team acts. Don’t complain about workers who are slow because they are safe, and never cut corners on your own work. If you show that you value safety, everyone will follow suit.
Keeping your site safe requires an active commitment. You need to do more than talk about safety—you need to demonstrate it through attitude, hiring, and the way you run your business. If you can keep your sites safe, you can protect your employees and customers while keeping your costs down.