10 Tips for a Safer Job Site

In a high-hazard industry like construction, taking proactive measures to help combat the risks and make construction sites safer is an investment that provides real benefits.

Beyond caring for the employees at the center of your company’s success, a culture of safety delivers numerous other benefits to any organization.

A safe work environment helps keep skilled employees on the job and projects on track by reducing accidents that result in injuries and schedule delays, while also reducing the risks of litigation and regulatory action.

Furthermore, a strong safety record enhances a company’s reputation, makes it more competitive and helps to manage insurance costs over time.

A strong safety culture makes sense for employees and for the company employing them.

Here are 10 steps construction companies can take to help make their job sites safer, keep projects on track and manage insurance costs.

  1. Start at the top. Senior executives need to lead by example, taking an active role in the implementation and execution of a safety culture.
  2. Make safety committees and safety managers a part of the job. By including craft laborers who work on site, managers can get a much better idea of how safety procedures are being implemented.
  3. Plan safety into the project. Because every project is built on paper first, safety begins with pre-planning.
  4. Prequalify subcontractors for safety. The pre-qualification of sub-contractors should not stop with safety history and performance.
  5. Train workers for safety. Specific training should be provided to each project and the challenges of communicating to a diverse workforce should be considered.
  6. Focus on fall management. A successful fall management program provides a uniform set of procedures for all workers.
  7. Combat substance abuse. Individual workers have a role to play in ensuring their own safety and that of their co-workers.
  8. Evaluate each project phase for safety. A job safety task analysis should be performed to make sure that the appropriate work and safety equipment is on hand.
  9. Review accidents and near misses. Project executives should participate in claims review meetings with insurers to get first-hand information.
  10. Work with your insurer and risk management experts. Proactive companies take a collaborative approach to safety with risk management experts.

When a construction company succeeds in building a strong culture of safety, it becomes a core value for every employee.

George Cesarini is Senior Vice President, Chubb Construction Group.

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