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Improving Construction Site Safety

August 10th, 2017

Construction sites are by default risky and dangerous places. Ensuring that you maintain proper safety guidelines at all times is of vital importance. Failure to do so will have very serious consequence: for one, one or several of your workers may get injured, which can lead to legal problems due to failing to maintain acceptable safety standards at the site itself. Due to security reasons, you will also want as few people as possible to access the site itself, making sure that anybody without authorization cannot effectively enter the site.

Safe construction sites will also carry a lot more benefits than just being able to do your work safely. They can improve order and cleanliness of a certain place, and the workers will feel more secure about their work. To get started, consider going through this checklist first to make sure you got the basic safety procedures covered:

  • Choose Contractors Carefully – If your construction work is carried out by contractors, make sure to select ones with good safety records. You may want to visit the site itself even after the work on your project starts, just to be sure that they keep to their word and make the necessary preparations beforehand.
  • Pay Attention to the Workers – Make sure everybody is wearing their safety gear, like appropriate clothing, boots and (most importantly) helmets to avoid random pieces of debris from accidentally falling on top of them. Instruct them on what they should and how they should do it. Mention any hazardous practices that should be avoided, even if they may be shortcuts to finish the work faster.
  • Install Protective Fencing – Fences are a great way to keep unwanted people out of the construction site as well as ensuring that people and vehicles passing by are not affected by the work carried out at the construction site. Temporary fence panels Sydney are recommended as they are portable and easy to move when required, while still providing enough protection for your needs.
  • Check the Working Area Regularly – Try to pay a visit or two to the construction area whenever possible to make sure safety is maintained at all times. Check various things like the ladders, scaffoldings, temporary fencing and anything else, taking note of anything that doesn’t look quite right. Also pay attention to any worker who is not following your instructions regarding safety guidelines, reminding them to do so as soon as possible.
  • Make First Aid Easily Accessible – While workers may find it inconvenient to carry first aid with them at all times, you should nevertheless ensure that they can have access to first aid as soon as they possibly can. For this, you can designate a specific area to carry first aid to treat common work related injuries like cuts, burns, bruises and even falls on site, or at least to alleviate the conditions before more intensive medical help can get there.