Every year, thousands of construction workers in Singapore are injured, and many others lose their lives while on construction sites. More importantly, if critical precautionary measures are taken, such injuries at construction sites can be prevented. Here are 5 crucial safety tips that your workers should know to prevent and minimize these accidents found at construction sites.
1. Wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Before entering any construction site either as a worker or a visitor, PPE is a must-have. In the case of an unforeseen circumstance, PPE will be their last line of defence. There are also many other PPE that can offer different ways of protection, such as high visibility clothing for workers at construction sites.
PPE such as safety boots, on the other hand, will protect their feet against debris or anything dangerous found on the floor. Finally, a hard hat can greatly protect their skull against falling stones. Before heading into any construction site, workers should wear the appropriate PPE depending on the task that they are required to carry out.
2. Education Is Key
As each site has different hazards to take note, safety training should be adhered to by all workers at construction sites. Before starting work, ensure that they have undergone the proper safety courses. It is a legal obligation in Singapore for workers to go through an induction.
Each worker should be educated thoroughly on what to do and what not to do at a construction site. Ensuring that they are equipped with an occupational health and safety certificate can grow their knowledge on the dangers and risks at a construction site, and how they can best avoid and prevent it.
3. Keep The Site Tidy At All Times
Any construction site can be messy due to the random debris or equipment lying around. Thus, it is vital to keep the construction site tidy and clean at all times. If the work environment is clean or free of debris, the chances of your workers receiving a significant injury are low.
The best way you can prevent injuries is by keeping the construction site tidy at all times.
4. Avoid Working on Unsafe Areas
One way of ensuring your worker’s safety at a construction site is by ensuring that their work area is safe. Many accidents in construction sites are a result of objects collapsing. Another major cause of accidents is due to workers working near a busy street where cars are always passing through.
Workers should avoid working on dangerous heights without suitable guards and other fall preventions such as a safety harness. They should also beware of unsupported trenches. Before your workers climb at a risky height, ensure that they have access to a safety harness and other safety precautions. They should also avoid working under crane loads or any other hazardous operations.
Workers should also be briefed on escape routes that offer an easy escape in case of an accident
5. Report Defects Without Hesitation
The safety of your workers is the biggest priority. If something is not working as intended, it should be reported and dealt with immediately. Make use of the proper procedures provided by your employees to report any issues of concern.
When defects are reported and dealt with, you can further prevent future accidents from happening. Your workers’ safety is the utmost priority, so be sure to clear all defects before beginning any construction work.
All the precautions mentioned above are essential to any construction site. They can protect your workers and any visitors around the construction site, preventing future accidents from happening. With the proper safety measures in place, accidents can be significantly reduced, raising the overall safety of your workers.