Protect Your Workers and Yourself

Workplace safety is an important consideration in the construction business, and not all potential hazards are immediately obvious. However, there are a number of things that you can do to protect everyone in and around the construction site, and a construction expert can help you determine which will be applicable to your specific job.

Workplace Hazards

Before you begin any project, search for any unique hazards that may be specific to your project. Do not consider only your project site, but the region around your workplace as well; a vehicle collision may send a car off the road and into your site, while objects placed high on buildings may fall and strike a worker or pedestrian outside the site. There are far too many potential hazards to list, but an awareness of their existence can help you plan your work accordingly and avoid incidents.

work place safety

Consider the following as additional options, depending on the job:

  • Erecting a temporary, sturdy roof over your construction site if there is a danger of falling objects
  • Having your safety practices reviewed by an outside company on a regular basis
  • Random inspections to be certain that safety practices are being followed
  • Getting roads closed to vehicles, foot traffic, bicycles, and other transportation
  • Working only during certain hours, when there will be less going on around the site
  • Erecting a Fence around your construction site

This is not an exhaustive list, and should not be treated as such. Do not be afraid to explore additional options for safety. A construction expert may have additional advice based on the situation. If you do not understand the reason for their advice, ask them to elaborate until you are satisfied you know what is going on and why.

Real Claims and False Claims

Ideally, all of your construction sites will be incident-free zones. However, if this is not the case, it is important to know how to protect yourself, your business, and the workers at the site.

Before you begin any project, you should have a policy in place for dealing with claims. This policy should be examined by a legal professional as well as your managers to ensure that it will provide the maximum protection for all involved. The policy should include ways of proving claims either true or false, but it should not focus solely on your workers. For example, a pedestrian outside the site may fake an injury in an attempt to get your money. Understand that forensic investigators may be called in, and all workers should know what to touch and what not to touch. You may wish to consider holding regular, mandatory classes for your workers so they, along with your construction experts and other personnel, know how to respond to or file a claim.

Jillian Johnson is a professional marketing content writer who blogs on a variety of topics. Follow her @MissWritey.

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