Safety reigns supreme in an industry as hazardous as the construction sector. Safety in construction is a shared responsibility, where simple practices and smart decisions can make all the difference. From towering cranes to bustling worksites, the importance of keeping everyone safe and sound cannot be overstated. It's not just about following rules and regulations; it's about creating an environment where every worker can thrive without fear.
In a report by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in 2019, the Philippine construction industry was in the top two on the list of major industries with the highest occupational injuries. This means that construction management firms in the country should put the highest priority on risk mitigation. Here are some helpful practices to avoid these risks.
Stepping foot onto a construction site demands a heightened awareness of potential hazards. Workers must be able to identify risks and understand how different factors can affect safety. By having this knowledge, they can protect themselves and contribute to a culture of prevention. It is the managers' job to ensure that every worker is ready for their job without putting themselves or others in danger. If a worker isn't prepared, they shouldn't be allowed on the site. By taking these precautions, managers can create a safe environment where risks are minimized and everyone can work confidently and securely.
Safety skills are essential before stepping foot on a construction site, but the learning process should always continue. Even for experienced workers, ongoing training is crucial to refresh knowledge and reinforce construction site security. This training equips workers to identify and prevent risks, such as using fall protection. It also serves as a reminder of the significance of adhering to safety rules. The manager and the construction firm are responsible for ensuring workers receive the necessary safety training before accessing the construction site. By doing so, they protect workers and save the company from potential financial and reputational repercussions associated with accidents on the site.
To ensure a safe and efficient work environment, each worker needs access to suitable equipment and tools in good condition. The company is responsible for providing the right equipment for their construction project development services. This includes identifying and keeping track of all tools, materials, and equipment through inventory control to prevent loss or theft and schedule necessary maintenance. Storing items in good condition further enhances workplace safety, while tracking ownership and responsibility reduces the risk of accidents.
Safety, Set, Go!
Transforming construction sites into hazard-free zones requires a collective commitment to safety. The construction industry must prioritize risk identification, safety training, and acquiring appropriate equipment to ensure workers can recognize and mitigate potential hazards. By urging construction project management firms to include these practices in their services, we can create construction sites that prioritize the safety and well-being of every worker so they can work easily.
As an organization certified with ISO 45001:2018 - Occupational health and safety management systems, JCVA is a frontrunner and proponent of safety in the industry. Email us at email@example.com or visit www.jcvassociates.ph/ehs-consultancy to learn more about JCVA’s EH&S management services.