As a Texas contractor, you are responsible for keeping your worksite safe for all employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, at least 2.8 million workplace injuries were reported in 2018 alone. The actual number of injuries is thought to be much higher, as some injuries are not reported.
Construction site workplace injuries have a serious effect on your bottom line. In addition to workers’ compensation costs, you may have to pay for medical expenses and legal fees. Furthermore, there is loss of productivity, training and possible repair to damaged equipment. How can you ensure your worksite is safe and minimize employee injuries?
Setting up the worksite
It is critical to make sure all worksites are safe before employees set foot on them. Select a team to inspect the site. Make sure all equipment is working properly and potential dangers have been attended to. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, safety regulations must be met when dealing with demolition, electrical power, residential construction and commercial construction sites.
Construction site injuries include falls from heights, slip-and-fall incidents, burns, being hit by a falling object and electrocutions. Safety devices, when properly used, can prevent many accidents from occurring.
When employees receive the proper training, they are less likely to make an error that may lead to an injury. Ensure all employees are trained on how to use their equipment, such as forklifts, ladders and scaffolding. The following can also help mitigate injuries on the worksite:
- New equipment with safety features
- Good communication with site managers and co-workers
- Access to safety equipment
Keeping employees updated on important advances made with equipment and other features can also help.