When working on a construction site, there are three things project managers can’t stress enough: safety, safety and safety. And after a while, “safety first” can become second nature for construction workers as they go through their day-to-day routines.
That said—preventable, on-the-job accidents are still far too common in the construction industry. Although you may be preaching a “safety first” mentality to your team, overlooking the details that go with the motto can be costly. Before jumping into a new construction project, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I clearly presented my team with a clear and concise safety plan?
- Does the work environment comply with all aspects of our safety strategy and OSHA guidelines?
As you put together and adjust your OSHA safety plan, be sure to review these three essential rules and resources that you might be overlooking.
Fall protection remains one of OSHA’s most frequently cited safety standards. The guidelines aim to spread awareness to entire workforces with detailed direction on planning, safety equipment and training at all levels.
Because OSHA provides various resources and instruction for avoiding these kinds of accidents, they see fall hazards as preventable. Therefore, it’s important to do your part in ensuring all fall protection OSHA standards are accounted for.
OSHA also provides detailed eTools that are designed to help employers develop their own customized safety plans and programs. This includes tools for Confined Spaces, an Emergency Action Plan, Hazardous Waste Site Operations and Lockout/Tagout programs.
These resources are key to helping your team construct clear safety guidelines in house that coincide with OSHA standards.
Machine and Equipment Safety
Many of the hazards and safety risks associated with the industry can be attributed to machine and equipment-related accidents. Unguarded machines, heavy, electrical equipment and dangerous hand tools can make your construction site a high-risk environment without the proper safety precautions.
OSHA discusses several different construction standards and regulations that can help you not only to implement the proper equipment, but also to train your employees in using the equipment safely and correctly.
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