Managing a construction site can be quite the challenge, especially if you’ve got multiple projects to juggle. Your number one enemy is falls that happen on-site. You don’t want your employees to fall from a great height and get injured or worse, die at your construction site. That would mean delays and huge costs, not to mention your worker’s untimely demise. Surely, you want all of your workers safe and sound.
OSHA Fall Injuries Report
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) report entitled Fall Injuries amongst Roofers and Carpenters:
• Falls from Elevations by roofers cost approximately $106,000 each;
• Falls from Elevations by Carpenters cost over $97,000 each;
• The average cost of a fall from elevation for all other occupational classifications was under $50,000;
• Falls from ladders or scaffolds by roofers cost approximately $68,000 each; and
• Falls from ladders or scaffolds by carpenters cost nearly $62,000 each.
To avoid these costs, as well as potential litigation, you need to implement safety measures to ensure that your workers are safe at all times. There are many things that you need to look into and prepare in order to keep your workers and your construction sites safe.
Here are 3 ways to prevent accidents at your construction site:
1. Identify the causes of accidents or falls and correct them.
You need to identify and list down the causes of falls in order to take concrete actions to prevent it from happening. For instance, you need to use guardrails for unprotected sides, and cover wall openings and floor holes as soon as they are made. When it comes to scaffold construction, you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and install guardrails on every open ends and sides. You need to cap all unguarded and protruding rebars or bend the ends to prevent anyone from tripping. Portable ladders should never carry more weight than it can support and it should be positioned so the sides expand at least three feet above the landing.
2. Conduct a safety stand-down.
It helps to hold talks about safety with your workers to give them a better idea of where you stand. During your talks, you can review your existing fall prevention program and identify the areas where you can improve. Tell your workers about the security measures that you have enforced to keep them safe and sound.
3. Use mobile apps and mobile forms.
In this day and age of modern technology, virtually everything is available right at the palm of your hands. Using mobile apps provides you with the perfect tools for safety and security. Now you can create a mobile safety checklist that you can implement across your organization. This will help you stay on top of your safety plan as you offer your workers the perfect opportunity to check whether or not every inch of your construction sites are secure. This will benefit both you and your workers in the long run as you save lives and cut costs too.
Formitize can help you create new mobile safety checklists from scratch or reformat your old checklists using new mobile forms that you can distribute to your mobile workforce. Can we formitize your paperwork for you?