These construction safety guidelines will help you minimize workplace accidents, reducing unnecessary stress and expenditures.
If you’ve been in the construction industry for decades or a day, you know that safety is paramount. Without careful safety procedures, you could lose a valuable employee to injury (or worse), ruin equipment, destroy materials, and more – all of which put your project over budget and behind schedule. Help your business cut out stress and expense by using these construction safety tips to cut down the number of accidents you experience.
- Minimize people + machinery. The bigger the machinery you’re using on a project, the fewer people should be around it. That might sound counterintuitive – you’d naturally think bigger machines mean bigger projects mean a bigger workforce – but it’s an important tip. Get your workers in the habit of clearing a wide radius around any machinery. As a bonus, this should increase productivity; no more standing around while they watch holes get dug, walls get demolished, etc.
- Disembark carefully. The main reason equipment operators and truck drivers get injured is an issue while getting on or off equipment. Cut this risk by encouraging them to check gloves and boots for any slick surfaces, and using a three-point stance (e.g. two feet and one hand, two hands and one foot) at all times.
- Gear up for grades. Whether you’re trying to get a load to the base of a hill or a piece up machinery up a ramp, grading presents hazards. Teach your team to really know the limitations of their equipment, never take shortcuts, and ensure ramps are always level.
Did you know that implementing these safety tips could not just save you hassle, but also save you money on your wrap-up insurance? To learn more about how your loss prevention efforts will impact your premiums, contact Nahai Insurance Services. We’re here to provide you with the most comprehensive protection for project owners, contractors, and subcontractors through top-tier wrap-up coverage.