Many employers tell their workers on construction sites to speak up if they believe they see a problem that could pose a safety risk to others. People who are new to the job may be hesitant to do so. Others may be afraid of crying wolf. One thing is for sure, no one on a construction site can rely solely on the actions of others to protect their own safety. Here are 10 things that can be done on any construction site to help ensure the safety of all employees.
1. Buddy System
New hires should be assigned a buddy. Working in twos means that there are four eyes on the job and we all know that ‘two sets of eyes are better than one.’
2. Safety Orientations
Each person that is hired should be put through an orientation that includes safety training. This includes both temporary and seasonal workers.
3. Ongoing Training
Safety training is not stagnant. Ongoing training should be provided to supervisors and managers so that everyone is up to date on the latest safety protocols.
4. Lunch and Learns
Lunch and learns are a great way to provide safety training for your employees. Invite guest speakers, set up a slide show or display a webinar while your employees eat lunch you provide.
5. Targeted Training
If there is a specific problem on one of your sites, hold a targeted training class that addresses your concerns.
Make sure that the safety materials that you supply your workers with are printed in a variety of languages. Don’t assume that each of your workers is fluent in written English.
7. Train Trainers
If you don’t have the time to train all of your employees on your own, choose two or three to act as a training team. Make sure that these employees get regular raining that can then be offered to your employees.
8. Task Safety Guides
Create safety guides for each task that your employees will be expected to perform.
Give each of your employee a badge that indicates their level of safety training.
10. Stop Work
Each employee should have “stop work” cards so that they can immediately address safety risks.
When you take the time to put these procedures in place, you are helping to ensure that your employees have a safe shift. Never assume that all of your employees are trained. It is your responsibility to ensure that your site is a safe one and that starts with safety training and procedures.
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