Jobsite safety is critical for both workers and your Construction or Trade Company. Consider the following components of a training and awareness program to save lives, reduce injuries, and lower liability and costs. Construction sites accounted for more than one-fifth of the 4,764 workplace fatalities in the United States in 2020. Home construction activities accounted for 25% to 30% of those fatalities.
Here are some best practices to consider when evaluating the safety of your construction or trade company are listed below:
- Have a written safety manual and an emergency action plan on each job site.
- Establish and maintain a first-aid kit at each job site
- Certify project managers as safety experts
- Make safety the top priority in field worker training
- Provide the necessary safety gear and tools, along with training
- Monitor and measure safety procedures
- Commission and conduct safety walkthroughs
- Encourage and enable the repetition of safe practices.
- Involve field workers, including subcontractors and suppliers, to point out safety violations and suggest policy improvements.
- Hold subcontractors and suppliers accountable for their employees, even if liability remains with you.
- Document and track the outcomes of safety inspections, compliance rates, accidents and injuries, and policy and procedural violations to improve the program.
- Take advantage of industry and regulatory resources and new technologies to develop a comprehensive safety program that addresses heat stress and mental health issues.