Cultivating a culture of safety will go a long way toward enhancing a construction company’s reputation, leading to attracting the very best employees.  A well-run jobsite can minimize both the chance and incidence of workplace accidents by following five safety guidelines.

1. Management support
The first and best chance of getting a job done without accidents is ensuring the construction company owner and the job supervisor put safety first and the project second. Construction projects are always under extreme time pressure, but ignoring proper safety in the pursuit of deadlines is a self-defeating exercise. If workers hurry through a process, skipping safety requirements as they go, the human cost, time cost and financial cost of the inevitable accident far outweighs the cost of following protocol. A good supervisor also will know and understand all applicable safety regulations and be able to plan and lead thejob with those regulations in mind. 

2. Employee education
It’s unwise—not to mention dangerous—to hire someone who has never worked in construction before and toss him or her into the fray without some education and training. A good supervisor will spend time going over the basics before turning an untried employee loose on the job.  A careless employee is a costly employee.  A well-run jobsite with the right employee education and training will have a culture of safety with seasoned employees mentoring and teaching new hires.

3. The Right Tools and Equipment
All tools and equipment provided by the employer should be in good order, working properly and checked frequently. Repairs, if needed, should be performed in a timely manner with all safety regulations in mind. Depending on the type of equipment being used, it’s also advisable to offer training for applicable workers.This way they can take out the guesswork and are properly prepared to carry outwork safely and effectively.  Having the correct protective gear is also a hugely important aspect of worker safety;becoming complacent about PPE requirements opens the door to avoidable accidents.

4. Work Zone Barriers

Safety fencing or expanded mesh barriers are designed to keep people away from the jobsite, especially in crowded urban areas. Proper fencing also can reduce the number of falls and fatal injuries, so ensure it is well maintained and replaced where required.

5. Easy Access
In order for constructions workers to be safe and feel safe, they need easy access to things like manuals, posters and first-aid kits. There’s no point in having all of these safety measures in place if they are not accessible to workers. A safety poster at the back of a door where no one can see it is not adding to anyone’s safety, nor is having a first-aid kit locked up where no one knows about it. In order for workers to follow the right procedures, they need to be aware of where training materials are located and to feel confident that they are fully equipped with the knowledge they need at all times.  


Doreen Brown is a PR and digital analyst who works with clients such as EzyStrut Cable & Pipe Supports.  For more information, visit www.ezystrut.com.au or connect with them on Google +.