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Onsite Safety Tips: Beyond the Basics

Updated: Jul 8, 2022

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As the cliche goes, safety first.

Construction is rebounding in our country now, and new structures are being developed to accommodate the city's growing population and expanding businesses. However, it's also because of this that we must remember the numerous hazards might occur on a construction site and ensure that your on-site workers are all safe and well protected.

According to studies, the deadliest four hazards that were most responsible for construction-related deaths were falls, electrocutions, being struck by, and becoming entangled in or between items, accounting for more than 60% of all construction-related deaths. Although these incidents were not intentional, this is precisely why no matter how big or small a project is, safety regulations and guidelines should be observed on the construction site.

We already know that receiving adequate training, using proper equipment and work attire, as well as being vigilant on-site are necessary. However, aside from the guidelines and regulations that every construction project should adhere to, it's best to go above and beyond when ensuring everyone is safe.

In this blog, we've listed some tips to promote safety on-site!

Be Proactive

The early warning signs should be measured and managed when implementing safety standards. Being proactive is more important than reacting solely when there is an issue. Take note of what people do on a daily basis and implement necessary changes if needed to prevent accidents.

Reinforce Correct Behavior

Enforcing penalties to lax employees may appear to be a good reinforcement strategy. Still, it might really do more harm than good in the long term because it encourages incident non-reporting. Instead, to assure safety improvement, recognize and strengthen safety habits at all times, and provide positive feedback to boost encouragement.

Training Based on Needs

When it comes to training your on-site workers, awareness training is vital, but they are not sufficient. Go the extra mile, examine which behaviors require correction, and provide training to address them. In this manner, you can save time from the tedious retraining while actually solving the problem.

Show Your Commitment to Safety

Walk the talk! Nothing is more encouraging than watching someone commit to safety measures through actions. Define consequences when specific safety measures aren't executed. When done correctly, motivational and artistic signage can be effective, but the effect is fleeting. In the end, actions still speak louder than words!

Build Accountability

Blaming and unfair disciplinary actions can result in a hostile work atmosphere, non-reporting incidents, and finger-pointing. Instead, create forward-looking accountability. Analyzing the issue and requiring those involved to take corrective actions is preferable to harsh consequences.

Encouraging Near-Miss Reporting

Treating near misses like incidents can encourage blaming, fear, and avoidance of reporting. Consider near misses as opportunities to strengthen your safety measures to make sure that these instances can be prevented in the future. This also leads to collaborative problem solving with your workers.

Safety Coach

Positive reinforcement leads to shape improvements. Focusing on what needs to be improved rather than what is wrong makes it easier for you and everyone else to fix safety issues while creating a pleasant environment, ultimately strengthening your workers' safe behaviors.

Expert Guidance on Construction Site Safety With JCVA

Always keep in mind that safety is never worth sacrificing. It is vital to arm yourself with knowledge as well as experience.

From safety inspections and audits through project safety management, safety policy and program development, risk assessments, and safety training—ensure that everyone, from workers to management, is up to date on safety and health issues to avoid potential hazards.

Set your mind at ease that all has been done to keep your workers safe with JCVA's environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) consultancy. Our team of qualified, experienced practitioners will guide you from start to finish!

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