Construction sites are unique workplaces that have many moving parts, heavy-duty machinery, and working hours during the day and night. Some of the characteristics associated with this work environment make workers more prone to accidents because many activities happen simultaneously.
These best practices to increase safety on a construction site will help industry employers develop a better working environment with simple rules and regulations. Focusing on employee safety and security is crucial, followed by preparation and experience.
Happy employees deliver better results, especially when their working hours vary and their tasks are stressful and physically demanding. Designing a work schedule that accommodates prime time, days off, and specialized work will maintain safety levels with rested and productive workers. Construction sites have different processes and stages in which, sometimes, more staff will have to join, and one area will be the main focus.
Most hired workers have the capacity to develop a specific skill; however, sometimes, they must work as a group to deliver desired results. This interexchange in dynamics could cause some confusion, which is why there needs to be constant supervision on-site to field and answer questions. Constant supervision will also prevent unwanted actions, poor decision-making, and intentional rule-breaking.
Preparation, knowledge, and experience are necessary when handling heavy-duty machinery. Guidelines like OSHA’s regulations for crane safety are mandatory to prevent mishandling and accidents when operating a crane with a hoist on the construction site. Ensure your workers receive the proper training before assigning machines to them.
Regular maintenance on all machines will help deliver better results for workers and improve the machine’s performance. Heavy-duty machines must have monthly inspections to ensure the oil levels are correct; there are no leaks, lubrication is constant, and has no loose or missing parts. Every machine must have a record, proper handling, and protection when not in use to increase safety on a construction site.
No matter the situation, good communication will always help increase safety and reduce the confusion that leads to various problems. Effective communication between all teams will keep everyone on the same page, whether in-person, digitally, or over the radio (walkie-talkie). Such communication helps to quickly fix problems and alert someone who could be in danger.