The construction industry is on the rise since the 2008 recession and as the industry sees more activity, work-related accidents and deaths increase.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015 saw 937 fatal deaths in the construction industry which is a 2% increase, the most since 2008. This raises the question, how can employers and employees take action to ensure safety?
There are several ways safety can be safeguarded and each person in a company or project has a role. The Society for Human Resource Management has found that leaders who encourage a safe workplace by offering an open reporting system for employees to notify them on safety issues, see positive results. Here are three tips that employees and employers can follow to ensure a safe work environment:
- Personal Protective Equipment
Employers: make sure your employees are always using the proper protective equipment. Educate them on what the equipment is, how it is used, and why it is used.
Employees: ensure that you have all of the necessary protective equipment for each job. If you are unsure, ask questions.
- Know the Dangers on the Job Site
Employers: Take the time every day to identify and address the hazards your employees may encounter that day and review your procedures for reducing risk.
Employees: Always be aware and cognizant of your surroundings (i.e. loose wires, debris, chemicals and surfaces).
Employers: Establish a strong line of communication throughout the worksite. Train employees to spot dangerous situations, how they should warn others, and the procedures to reduce risk.
Employees: Understand the communication process and how to reduce risk. This is your responsibility as much as it is upper management’s responsibility.
A comprehensive safety program fosters a safe work environment, reduces the occurrence of on-the-job accidents and protects your bottom line from workers’ compensation claims. If you’re interested in reviewing your safety plan with our team of dedicated construction specialists, visit AssuredPartners Construction.
Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Society for Human Resource Management, OSHA