The construction industry faces many unique challenges. The design-build process is one that can take many months to complete and many aspects of it must be revisited to address complications that arise. This process can be defined as a method of delivering a project in which a single entity, namely the design – build team, works using a single contract with the owner of the project in order to provide both design and construction services. This means that there is a single entity and a single contract allowing for a unified workflow from the initial concept all the way through to completion of the project.
Aside from revisiting different aspects of the project, the construction industry has to deal with safety issues on a daily basis. In 2009, studies showed that United States’ private construction workers had a serious injury rate of 9.7 injuries for every 100,000 workers. There are 5 keys to ensuring construction sites are as safe as they can be. They are:
- Protection from falls – falls are responsible for an amazing 48% of all injuries when it comes to the construction industry.
- Chemicals – employees who will have exposure to hazardous materials need to be provided with a hazard communication program that will provide specific insights regarding the safety protocol for working with said chemicals. These chemicals can include things like:
o Compressed gases
o Toxic agents
o Organic peroxides
- Site cleanliness – throughout the entire job, it is required that employers maintain sanitary and safe working conditions. No construction worker should ever be exposed to unsanitary or dangerous conditions.
- First aid – In the unfortunate event of an accident, it is imperative that first aid services be immediately available to anyone who needs it.
- Job hazard analyst – This is a position in which the analyst will ensure that all possible safety hazards are identified. They do this by cutting the job into a variety of duties, each of which will be examined to determine if there are any safer ways to accomplish the duty.
The construction industry isn’t the only one in which there are safety concerns. For proof of this, just look at the growing demand for automation services. Automation can easily assist companies to improve their efficiency and safety, be they factories, the nautical or aeronautics field, or any other field while also saving money throughout the operations.
Today, the safest manufacturers are the ones that make safety integral to their day to day operations. They engage their employees in their goals for safety, get commitment through leadership and both measure and manage their risks on a regular basis.
Something to Think About
If you want to promote safety in the workplace and make sure that you are compliant with OSHA regulations, here are a few things that you need to do.
- Make sure you have a written program in place for the communication of hazards.
- Ensure that you have an up to date list of your hazardous chemical inventory.
- Make sure that all of your chemical containers are properly labeled.
- Ensure that there is material safety data on site on the job in the form of data sheets concerning material safety (MSDS) Material Safety Data Sheets.
- Provide training programs to teach employees regarding the chemicals that they will be working with.
The preceding list is critical not just for safety, but also because you can be steeply fined for not doing those things.