These 10 Tips Can Reduce Accidents And Improve Safety on & Off The Jobsite
Summer is the ideal time to talk about improving construction jobsite safety. Not only are your dealership’s customers hard at work in the heart of their busy season, they’re hard at work in the extreme heat and humidity. Dealing with hot temperatures and dehydration can make workers distracted and even groggy, putting everyone at greater risk. You can help them stay safe.
- Start off each shift with a daily safety reminder – a single thought about what to watch for today and why it matters. Has anything changed with the job’s safety management plan? Now is the time to direct attention to those changes. Daily conversation about jobsite safety keeps it top-of-mind for both crews and supervisors and underscores the fact that the only way to improve safety is if everyone makes it their responsibility.
- Don’t hire subs without first checking their safety record. You might want to review their OSHA recordable rates or ask about their safety management systems. The last thing you need is to bring a sub-contractor’s careless behavior onto your jobsite.
- Keep up the training. Pairing new hires with your most experienced people will help reduce accidents in two ways – the newbies can learn the right way to protect themselves and others, and their mentor can watch what they do to spot behaviors that need to be changed.
- Make sure everyone has proper safety equipment and that they are actually using it.
- Track and discuss near-misses. They happen more often than you might think, yet they are usually ignored, beyond a “whew, that could have been ugly!” reaction. There’s nothing like a near-miss to remind everyone that safety is critical. What could have been done to avoid this problem? Tracking incidents also enables project managers and supervisors to see if there are patterns that need to be addressed.
- Clean up the jobsite. If you can’t afford someone to take that on as a full-time job, rotate the responsibility among everyone. That way, you can keep the overall work flow moving smoothly and also significantly reduce risk of pointless (yet potentially serious) accidents like tripping over tools, equipment or debris.
- Perform regular field safety inspections, to double-check jobsite cleanliness and eyeball how people are going about their work. Worn-out equipment or tools, messy work areas and inattentive or otherwise unsafe behaviors all cause accidents. If you don’t have an official safety manager to handle this, you can rotate this responsibility, too. Give the “safety inspector of the day” a checklist they can use to make sure nothing is overlooked.
- Be especially aware of the danger of falls. This is the single-greatest accident risk on many construction jobsites, accounting for far too many injuries and even deaths each year. Falls can be prevented.
- Make sure everyone working on the site has read and understands the safety plan – especially how to response immediately if an accident happens.
It may be the slow season for your construction equipment dealership, but you still need to maintain communication with prospects and customers. These tips to improve safety are timely and relevant – exactly the sort of information that demonstrates you understand jobsite priorities and that you’re their working partner all year long, helping them stay safe and productive.