Construction site safety and compliance is the most important aspect of creating a smooth and successful work environment. When construction sites are unsafe, they can extend the timeline of a project by days or even weeks if site managers and workers have to backtrack in order to make sure that a site is safe enough to work in (not to mention the fact that it could be an insurance nightmare if something were to happen on the site only for the insurance company to later find out that it was due to an unsafe work environment in the first place). Here are a few quick checklist items to go through to make sure that construction site safety and compliance is being adhered to.
The first thing you want to do at any job site is to make sure that you as the site leader are aware of all of the potential hazards. Hazards can be anything from structures that will require a hard hat to enter, to tripping hazards or even falling hazards there are any structures that someone could fall from, such as a balcony with no railing or a platform needed for working. Make a list of all potential hazards and determine the best approach to preventing those hazards from causing an accident, whether it be an electrical hazard or simply a ladder.
Job sites, especially in the COVID-19 pandemic, require a variety of personal protective equipment types in order to maximize safety and compliance. It’s important that each and every worker at your job site not only has access to any and all personal protective equipment that might be needed, but is taught how to use the equipment and encouraged to use it in their work environment. Things like masks, hard hats, or protective equipment to prevent burns or electrocution when working on electrical equipment are only a few of the types of PPE you might need.
In the COVID-19 pandemic, cleanliness in job sites has become more important than it ever has in the past. Make sure that job sites are well equipped with things like soap and potable water so that your workers are able to stay clean. Things like masks and hand sanitizer are important as well, and contribute to a work environment that prioritizes worker health during this global crisis.