Contractor insurance coverage is important to have, and we all hope you’ll never have to use it. Staying safe on the job site should be your first priority – the insurance is just there to protect you and your loved ones from disaster if something unexpected happens.
Construction Site Safety Tips
OSHA compliance is a great start. Those regulations are there to keep you, your team, and other people safe.
Following those OSHA rules is just the minimum, though. Here are a few smart tips to keep your job site safe and reduce financial and physical risk at work.
1: Good Housekeeping
Keeping work sites organized and tidy drastically reduces the risk of accident or injury, both for your workers and for anyone else who might come near the job site.
Construction workers are often so focused on their work that they don’t even think about picking up debris, putting away tools, and keeping walkways and surfaces clear. Build better habits by enforcing some basic housekeeping rules on site.
A clean work site is a safe work site, and on top of that, your clients will appreciate the extra effort.
2: Use the Right Tools
Before work starts each day, foremen should make sure that the necessary tools for the job are available and in good working order.
Worn out tools are a safety hazard, both because they might malfunction and cause injury and because they encourage workers to use materials incorrectly in an effort to work around the inconvenience of a poorly functioning tool.
Staging the work site with the right tools and safety equipment at the beginning of the day can help reduce risk, too.
The more convenient it is for your team to use proper tools, techniques, and equipment, the more likely they’ll follow safety guidelines without the foremen having to ask them.
3: Reinforce Good Behavior
To many of your workers, taking extra steps to follow safety rules is just a hassle that wastes time.
As you probably know already, nagging your team to put on their hard hats, pick up their tools and trash, or otherwise follow those safety guidelines is frustrating for everyone involved. They don’t want to be scolded, and you don’t want to keep asking for the same things again and again.
Rewarding good behavior is more effective than trying to nag and scold people into compliance.
Try publicly praising workers who clean up their workspace without being asked, and giving rewards to people who are wearing their hard hats without being asked.
You don’t have to announce that you’re doing an initiative or try to bribe people into cooperation; just thank team members when they’re doing well and let your team know that you notice what they’re doing right.