Last year, construction businesses spent more than AUD 2 billion in paying off insurance claims to workers injured on their premises. In 2019, this figure is likely to go up by 15%, partly because many businesses have still not understood the importance of workforce safety. Alarmingly, most of these injuries were caused by incidents related to feet.
Most of the injuries suffered by workers on their premises are due to falling objects. If you are an aspiring businessman in the construction and manufacturing area, read this article. It is not only important for the financial health of your business but also for the safety and livelihood of your workers.
1. Worksite evaluation
Don’t go on a blind buying spree of helmets, shoes, gloves etc. First, you would need to evaluate your building or manufacturing site and find out which of these hazards is more likely to affect your workers:
b) Struck by
d) Caught between or caught in
Based on this assessment, buy the right foot safety gear for your workers. It would be great if you staged your working equipment well before the works tarts.
2. Buy the right stuff
Every businessman wants to save on costs but safety is one area where you must never ever compromise. Evaluate your various options and make an informed decision. Before buying footwear for your construction site, view website. These days, it is super easy to compare the quality of the various safety gear without actually going to the market. There are websites that can offer comparative prices and standards with just one click of a button.
3. Put up signage
Absence of right signage can cause grievous injuries to your workers. Identify your hotspots and put up the appropriate signage. Use bold letters and a lot of red to convey danger in risky places. You can also make your site secure by restricting access. Don’t let outsiders visit your manufacturing facility. Once the shift is over, close your site 100% for everyone.
4. Train your workers
It is absolutely essential that your workers must know the safety precautions. Train them in fire fighting. Develop a schedule so that every worker knows how to put down a fire. Likewise, train all your workers in dealing with burns, shocks, and other accidents. You should also consider training your workers in reading and interpreting signs. You can set up this training schedule for your workers:
a) Safety training involving new machines
b) Safety training for all new employees
c) Refresher course in safety
d) Basic safety training for other employees
5. Safety first
Place safety ahead of all the tasks. Ensure that your staff has put on the right safety devices before starting work. Research has shown that companies that place safety first are more profitable. Workers and other employees trust these companies more than others.
6. Train in simple language
Training is not an easy job at all. Different people have different capacities to understand processes and rules. Therefore, train your workers in a way that everyone can understand quickly. Use symbols to convey your point, and make learning fun. Using lots of gestures can drive your point easily and quickly.
7. Maintain your equipment
You can reduce work-related injuries by maintaining your equipment frequently. Develop a maintenance schedule and stick to it. If a tool is malfunctioning for several days, perhaps you should replace it with a new one.
8. Personal protective equipment
Give your workers certain personal protective equipment like:
d) Eyeshields/ goggles
e) Hearing aids
Make sure these equipment work and are suited to the assigned worker.