It is a must to find optimal ways of managing health and safety in construction…
If a builder
has built a house for a man and his work is not strong, and if the house he has built falls in and kills the householder, that builder shall be slain Construction
is a dangerous industry, for two reasons: one is the intrinsically hazardous nature of the work; the other is the result of the industry’s structural and organizational challenges for risk management.
Construction is a dangerous job.
Worldwide, the ILO has estimated that it accounts for 100,000 fatalities annually, some 30 to 40% of fatal occupational injuries overall. Therefore, the risk of serious injury or death at work in this sector is considerably greater than in others. Estimates further suggest that construction workers in advanced market economies are three to four times more likely to suffer a fatal accident at work than average for other economic sectors. Then how can we manage health and safety in construction?
How can we manage health and safety in construction?
• Define possible safety risks at and around the construction site. Apart from noting obvious risks, find for smaller risks your workers mayn’t think of immediately – for example, an areas that requires safety gloves, a small hazard of shock. Use careful eye to look at the construction site, and don’t forget to write down any of your concerns over various areas of site cum potential problems.
• Develop protocol for those areas by identifying risks, and determining a way to reduce or battle against the risks. For example, if there is one area that flying wood chips may be a problem, then establish the protocol for putting on safety glasses when working close to the wood cutting machines. You may ask for employee input for help with actions to common safety problems.
• Coach your employees and anyone coming to the construction site about practices of safety. If possible, conduct a job site-wide meeting that you briefly discuss safety and why it is significant besides introducing new rules and regulations.
• Use visualization to remind your workers to obey new safety rules. Rather, post clear, brief, readable signs near potential dangers. It will be better if you use cautionary, bright colors – for example, yellow, orange, red – to have your employees’ attention.
• Discipline employees refusing to follow the safety protocol. Though they may consider it silly, it is a precedent relating to significance of safety procedures. Remind your workers that safety protocol can’t be negotiated and must adhere to for their own good. Anyone that fails to obey can be assigned for a different duty inaccessible to the construction zone or be sent home that day. Being strict about rules is synonymous to that you can effectively manage construction safety and keep all at the construction site safe and sound. Source: Managing health and safety in the construction industry
Other career advice: Blog 1st September 2015 From Vietnam, Hanoi