Improvements in Construction Safety
By Nathan | Posted on September 13th, 2014
Serious construction site accidents are declining nationally. That's great news! But it's not just luck. Below are some methods that are making a difference today in construction site safety.
5. Raken Construction Management Software
It's a essential digital tool for daily reporting. And Raken allows foremen and other site employees to inform project managers and office staff in real time when accidents occur. Raken can help to prevent accidents too, by allowing staff to post photos and messages about hazard areas and unsafe practices. And site inspectors can use Raken to not only file reports, but update previous ones and conduct remote meetings.
4. Employee Training And Empowerment
All that safety training and meetings are a little dull, but you now have employees who can not only lock out/tag out and operate equipment in their sleep; they're doing it correctly and safely. Staff training in first aid and CPR techniques have kept work place injury and illness from turning into tragedy on many construction sites. And having a policy in place that allows employees to report on-site problems without fear of repercussion has corrected many safety issues. Firms with immigrant employees are now providing more worksite bilingual training and warning signage as well.
3. Gearing up
The days of hard hats, goggles, and safety shoes being optional on work sites are long over. Today, work won't happen unless employees are wearing such items, and wearing them appropriately.
2. Setting Up And Taking Down
Even before an actual project takes place, there's much potential for injury in site prep work. Today, scaffolding and safety netting is set up following strict protocols and inspected daily. Debris is collected both on the ground and on rooftops in dumpsters, and disposed of off-site properly. All firm equipment and debris is completely removed from the site when the job is completed.
Everything from body harnesses to saws are now lighter, easier to use, and have built in safeguards (like locks and kill switches) to prevent injury. Even then, employees are being carefully trained in how to use such devices safely before using them on site. It's all about making construction jobsites safer.