107,000 serious work injury claims have been made since 2014.
All within the Construction sector
3,400 construction workers have died.
On-site safety is an extremely important topic.
It constantly needs to be refreshed.
Here’s my lucky 7 tips for staying safe on site.
Not just anybody qualifies.
Construction managers need to be able find and discern quality training providers.
As well as be responsible for the training of their employees.
You need someone who is able to spot potential risks and stop them before they happen.
Once a project costs more than $250,000, a special manager called a principal contractor is required.
A principal contractors job requires but is not limited to safety risks for both workers and the public, management of materials, and management of project security.
Are you over $250k? Have a Foreman? If not, contact us.
Tradesmen and Labourers are likely to do the heavy lifting.
They need the proper training is of the utmost importance.
Without training they’re a risk to themselves and their coworkers.
It’s important to make sure training is updated for all new rules and regulations, and then further refreshed in the minds of workers.
Constant refreshers may seem tedious and annoying, but hey, it won’t kill you…
Whereas not being up to date, could.
3. Drugs & Alcohol
In a sad indictment on the construction industry, tradies are among those workers most likely to report their level of consuming alcohol may cause them harm on the job.
Workers in construction are also among those at greatest risk of using drugs
Statistics indicate about 50 per cent of adult workers and 60 per cent of apprentices in the building and construction industry drink alcohol at levels that put them at risk.
Five per cent of workers report use of methamphetamine in the last year and 20 per cent report use of cannabis.
These are scary stats in any industry, let alone one that is considered to be high risk.
If this is you, you’re a danger to those around you.
Some injuries occur due to the fact that equipment can be faulty.
Have circular saws been serviced recently? Nobody wants to lose their right hand.
All machines and tools should be checked and serviced regularly.
Personal Protection Gear: High quality heat-resistant clothes, goggles, and gloves make an immense improvement to site safety. They’re absolutely necessary.
Helmets: When around scaffolding, wear one, end of story. They save lives.
Safety Vests: these make ALL the difference when spotting somebody on the job site. If you don’t want to be run over, wear it. Or one of Dragon’s safety-first, bright yellow shirts
Common Sense: Not all of these are relevant or critical on every single site. Use your (helmet protected) noggin to make an informed decision each day…
5. Safety Reports
It’s the manager’s job to inform the project’s designer of all potential risks.
Designers then have the responsibility of finding out what they can do to minimize or even get rid of all potential risks.
After everything has been analysed you must come up with a safe work method statement (SWMS).
After the SWMS form has been drafted you must inform all workers of the plan.
In the chance a worker is not following the plan, work must immediately be stopped.
6. Proper Certification
There’s a very high chance you will come across high risk tools and heavy machinery.
You need the proper certification before they get behind the wheel of heavy equipment.
It’s up to management to ensure all employees have the qualifications.
It’s the worker’s responsibility to be honest.
7. Site Restriction
Project sites should be fenced off as to not put the public at risk.
You don’t want untrained employees on site.
Why run the risk of having an untrained civilian in the path of danger?
All in all the main goal should be prevention through training.
As long as everyone on site is doing what they were trained to do and not cutting corners, we can have a safer workforce and hopefully, that will lead to a major drop in the injury and death toll.
At the end of the day, nobody wants to see one of their coworkers experience a workplace injury.
If you want advice, or staff to help with this, reach out to us at the office