Construction accidents are a real threat to any business, regardless if whether or not you’re directly related in the industry. In fact, it’s important to consider as early as now if you want your business to last, you will most likely get yourself involved in some form of construction due to renovations, innovations, and the construction of facilities for your workplace. As such, setting up safety protocols for construction are an integral part of considerations for you to keep your workplace safe.
To give you an idea on how threatening construction accidents are, statistics from the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration indicates that in 2016 alone, 991 of 5,190 worker fatalities have in fact been caused by one of the “fatal four” injuries in construction: falls, being caught-in/between, electrocution, and being struck by an object. This means you have to make sure your workplace is adequately prepared for protecting you and your employees from the threats of construction accidents. Here are a few key considerations:
- Be sure they’re aware of the dangers that can be exposed to them. Before you even create safety protocols for everyone in your company to use, try to make sure that everyone is aware of the risks these protocols are trying to mitigate in the first place. It’s only through understanding these risks carefully can you hope to create some semblance of urgency that would merit a desire to take your protocols seriously.
- Be sure to assess the kind of work environment you have. Try to assess just how safe your workplace is so far when it comes to construction accidents. What sort of guidelines do you currently have, and how do they work with respect to current dangers you perceive? How did your company’s safety statistics fare in the recent years, and what adjustments should you do?
- Be sure to train everyone on the kind of protocols you do see fit. Once you identify the kind of adjustments you have to do, make sure everyone is aware of these adjustments, what they’re for, and what their role is in ensuring these adjustments and protocols can better protect them.
- Be sure there are drills and tests conducted to ensure everyone is aware of protocols in case there’s an accident. If you do get to teach your employees and workers about construction accident safety, be sure to assess their knowledge on the matter by conducting tests or having these included in quarterly drills.
- Consult a lawyer and/or a safety professional after setting up protocols. Be sure to consult a lawyer after setting up protocols, especially when you make a handbook out of them to ensure that the regulations you’ve placed are up to par with laws on safety in your particular country and/or state. Sometimes these laws may vary on a myriad of factors, and as such it’s important to make sure that before you even distribute these guides to your employees that they’re all set. Be sure a safety professional double checks the information placed there as well.
Remember, when it comes to protecting yourself and your employees from construction accidents, it’s first important to establish the threat of construction accidents before forming protocols to protect everyone from its hazards. Your involvement with construction will most likely differ depending on the kind of services you need, and as such protocols you might have may differ as well. If you’re in need of legal assistance on the matter, click here.