Safety Best Practices
Considering that the construction industry has the third-highest work-related number of fatal injuries, construction safety management should be the top priority of every building project. Every year 10.2 out of every 100 000 construction site workers suffer a deadly injury—with the four leading causes being falls, electrocutions, getting caught between objects, and being struck by equipment. These four causes alone account for 60% of all construction worker fatalities.
Since construction projects involve tight schedules, countless variables, and constant changes, on-site safety management often takes a backseat. With many injuries occurring due to a lack of sufficient safety training, education, and negligence, improving accident prevention measures is key to alleviating both human and financial costs.
By leveraging the following principles for construction safety management, preventable accidents and loss can be minimized while positively impacting workplace culture, the business’s reputation, and your bottom line.
With several phases in each construction cycle requiring different equipment and safety considerations, site managers need to ensure that strict safety protocols are adhered to by everyone entering the site—during their shift and after leaving. Not educating workers and site visitors on mandatory safety rules and procedures increase the company’s liability.
Evaluating and communicating job site hazards to workers is just as important as training them on how to manage job site safety while working efficiently. With a wider range of accessible training materials and safety technologies than ever before, there is no excuse for management or workers to be ignorant of workplace safety practices.
Employee safety training should form an ongoing part of every construction worker’s development. Over time, employees will need updated training to recap general safety measures and learn new equipment protocols and site safety measures. Employees may also require industry-specific training.
While hands-on training is effective for site-specific and equipment-specific training, online training offers a logical alternative training method. Since teams are distributed and it’s difficult to gather everyone together at a single time for training, online courses allow everyone to stay up to date regardless of their location. Workers can access guides, videos, and infographics at a time that suits them best.
Digital resources also allow workers to engage continuously in new modules as an ongoing part of their development.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) identifies the critical health and safety risks on construction sites. It does so by combining and analyzing relevant data, regulations, and building manuals. The technology enables a digital representation of a building’s physical and functional characteristics, which essentially improves Work Health and Safety (WHS) forecasting and procedures.
BIM uses visualization, virtual prototyping, and simulation tools to preview a series of potential scenarios before the building process begins. Once construction commences, BIM can assist with scenario planning, compliance checking, clash detection, and pre-fabrication tools to further reduce site risks and keep accidents to a minimum.
All construction sites should have an evacuation plan in place for worst-case scenarios. Part of this involves having a system to be able to account for who is on-site at any given time. Not being able to account for everyone is among the worst things that could happen in an emergency evacuation. Having a modern visitor management system in place can significantly improve health and safety compliance and reduce risks.
A visitor management system should record everyone who enters the construction site, whether it be a visitor, client, contractor, delivery person, or temporary employee. As opposed to traditional visitor management systems that require guests to manually fill in their details in a book, digital systems speed up the process, offer real-time tracking of who is on-site, and simplify record-keeping and compliance.
Site data may be required at a later stage for audits. Having this in an electronic form reduces the chance of records getting lost, and makes it easy to locate records and specific information at any time. There’s no need for physical storage space and real-time reports can be shared in an instant.
Salus’s construction safety management platform offers a customizable digital form feature that makes it quick and easy to present health questionnaires and safety information, as well as access real-time reports about who is on-site. The flexible and dynamic templates simplify the sign-in process for visitors and contractors. Instant edits and collaboration make for improved efficiency, reduced administration, and enhanced safety compliance and emergency management.
While construction work can never be completely void of risks, safety hazards can be minimized and costs can be significantly cut by adopting construction safety management software. Construction safety management software is designed to assist site managers with safety data collection and reports to ensure adherence to safety compliance requirements. The software helps align and coordinate construction resources and tools across project timelines.
With data analysis, managers can optimize resources, equipment, staff, and material allocation to fit initial project estimates with real-time tracking. Additionally, the ability to compare past project data with current data allows managers to predict safety concerns—and therefore adequately prepare for each phase of construction.
Effective health and safety management isn’t only crucial to avoiding injury; it’s also necessary for your business to access other significant long-term benefits. With the right training and safety equipment, workers can complete tasks with confidence. Fewer injuries and illnesses will lead to an improved culture of safety and an increase in productive work hours, essentially benefiting project timelines and profitability. With a good reputation, you will also increase staff retention.
Salus construction safety management software offers a single, streamlined platform to manage safety and compliance for your entire construction portfolio. From documentation and schedules to training records, visitor management, budgets, and real-time data sharing, Salus simplifies construction safety management.
Request a demo today to discover how Salus can streamline on-site risk assessment and safety procedures—all while improving efficiency, reducing administration, and decreasing overall business costs.