Having a safe construction site is vital to good working practices. There are a number of tips that you should consider to help make any construction site safer. These tips are easy to implement and will ensure that you abide by health and safety regulation.
Have A Jobsite Hierarchy
Implementing a hierarchy on your jobsite is important particularly if you have subcontractors working on the job. While the subcontractor will know what they need to do, they also need to know about the proper channels of communication. The jobsite hierarchy offers this channel of communication and it is important that all contractors on the site are aware of this.
The structure of the workplace is vital to ensuring that communication reaches the people who need to know. When hiring a subcontractor the hierarchy should be included in communications with the contracts. This allows them time to familiarise themselves with the structure before they arrive on the site. This is something that’s learned from site supervisor safety training and something that makes it very worthwhile.
Have Regular Group Discussions
If there are issues on the site then you need to be able to talk about it. By holding regular discussions any contractor has the opportunity to voice any issues and they will get to know each other better. There are some construction companies that hold these discussions twice a week, while others have them weekly or daily. You should assess your site and determine the frequency based on this.
These discussions are not only about airing any issues on the site, but also about building workplace camaraderie. If your contractors and subcontractors have a poor relationship this will have a negative impact on communication. This could cause a complete breakdown of communication which can also lead to additional problems on the site.
When you have the discussions it is important that everyone is able to communicate what they want. If you have contractors who speak different first languages you have to take this into account. Fernando Aveiga pioneered a solution to this problem which you would be able to implement onto your site to enhance communication.
Have Emergency Updates
If an alarm sounds and no-one knows what it is for most people will stand and wait for someone else to act. It is vital that emergency communication channels are created and that everyone is aware of them. By having emergency updates you can inform contractors what a specific alarm means and what they should be doing when it sounds.
These emergency communication channels will also help if a contractor finds an issue and needs to alert someone. When the contractor knows the communication channel the issue can be brought to the attention of people who need to know and sorted out without having a major impact on the jobsite.
Encourage Checking In And Out
There are many businesses who insist that their guests leave their keys at the front desk. This not only stops people losing their keys, but also ensures that the business knows how many people are in the building at any time. This information is vital if there is an evacuation and everyone needs to be accounted for.
This is something that you should consider implementing on your site, but instead of leaving keys have the contractors check in and out. By doing this you will know how many contractors are on site and you can ensure that you have everyone that you need for the job. Having good check in and out policies can ensure that if your site has to be evacuated that everyone is out and safe.
Misunderstanding and poor communication can slow down a job and cause further issues in terms of workplace safety. It is important that you have good communication channels and that all contractors are aware of them.