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June 18, 2024

How to Stay Safe on the Jobsite

 

We are currently more than halfway through June, which means the construction season is in full swing. New construction and restoration projects are popping up all around the country, and with all this work comes more people on jobsites. June is National Safety Month, and in recognition of this, we would like to explore the some of the crucial reasons why safety must be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. We will also provide some practical steps you can take to safeguard yourself, your team, and your project on the jobsite.

Ensuring safety on a construction job site is not just a regulatory requirement; it’s a moral obligation that impacts the well-being of everyone. For contractors, prioritizing safety is critical in preventing injuries, saving lives, and maintaining a productive and efficient workplace. With construction sites being naturally hazardous environments, implementing robust safety protocols and fostering a culture of caution can make all the difference. We have come up with what we believe are the five most important ways to stay safe on the construction site this season.

  1. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    1. The number one priority on any jobsite is preventing injuries and fatalities. PPE such as hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, high-visibility clothing, and steel-toed boots, are essential for protecting workers from injuries. Proper use of PPE can significantly reduce the risk of injuries from common construction hazards. It is the goal at the end of the day to go home to our families every day, safe and sound.
  2. Follow Safety Protocols and Training
    1. Adhering to established safety protocols and participating in regular safety training is crucial. OSHA emphasizes that employers must provide training in a language that contractors can understand that covers relevant safety standards and procedures. According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in construction, especially on projects with work performed at dangerous heights. Developing proper safety programs can lead to significant reductions in injury rates resulting in contractors recognizing hazards and understand safe practices. Fewer accidents mean fewer disruptions.
  3. Maintain a Clean and Organized Worksite
    1. Keeping the jobsite clean and organized minimizes the risk of accidents such as trips, falls, and equipment-related injuries. The National Safety Council recommends maintaining clear walkways, properly storing tools and materials, and immediately cleaning up spills. An orderly worksite is safer and more efficient.
  4. Use Equipment Properly
    1. Proper use and maintenance of tools and machinery are essential for preventing accidents. OSHA advises that all equipment should be inspected before use, and only trained personnel should operate machinery. Following manufacturer guidelines and ensuring regular maintenance can prevent equipment malfunctions and related injuries.
  5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
    1. Staying alert and aware of the environment around you helps in finding and avoiding potential hazards. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) highlights the importance of situational awareness, especially in dynamic and high-risk environments like construction sites. Workers should communicate effectively with each other and report any unsafe conditions immediately.

A commitment to safety shows you care about your workforce, boosting morale and job satisfaction. Research shows that a good safety culture can significantly reduce turnover rates and improve overall employee engagement. OSHA provides regulations and other safety standards for all to follow on the jobsite. Non-compliance can result in severe penalties, including hefty fines and even job site shutdowns. More importantly, following these regulations keeps everyone aligned on whatโ€™s expected and required for safety. By implementing these safety measures, construction workers can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, ensuring a safer working environment for everyone involved.

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