Keeping your workers safe from construction hazards

In this day and age where speed is the new currency, we want to streamline everything and make every process as seamless as possible. In fact, according to the website of FollowUp Power, many CRM software packages are helping contractors in the building and construction industry streamline each of their business processes, from bidding to sales. But apart from speed, one most important thing that you should look after is safety. Unfortunately, many contractors tend to forget this, which results in injurious, sometimes even fatal work-related incidents.

Efficiency and safety are never at the opposite side of the spectrum. In fact, efficiency means safety as it is to another. To keep your workers safe and your bottom line healthy, keeping your workers away from safety hazards is a must. Below are some of the most common workplace incidents:

Slip and fall

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 291 of the 828 fatalities in the construction industry in 2013 were slip and fall-related. As such, employers are asked to plan ahead to see potential slip and fall hazards in the workplace. Employers should also provide fall safety equipment, such as personal fall arrest systems, to keep workers safe. Finally, workers should be trained on how to use these safety tools in the right way.

Electric hazards

Electrical hazards may harm workers directly (electrocution) or indirectly (fall). Whatever it is, its damage could be fatal. As an employer, it is your duty to provide your employers power tools and equipment with no structural and electrical defect. Local electric codes and regulations should also be implemented to avoid incidents.

Asbestos exposure

This can be especially true for demolition projects involving structures built before the 1989 asbestos ban. By conducting trainings on how to manage asbestos and to mitigate its risk of exposure, you are keeping your employees safe from this harmful fiber that could pose risk of chronic and deadly illnesses, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

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