Strict workplace safety regulations can successfully reduce construction site falls, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
This is crucial information for construction site managers as more than 28% of accidents on construction sites are falls from heights. But, what workplace regulations should you implement to safeguard your workers?
All construction workers will go through a vigorous training program which will allow them to work on building sites and in similar environments. Despite these programs including health and safety training, 55% of construction workers feel they need more training in this area. It’s important that ongoing safety training is given to construction workers as regulations frequently change. Further training is also beneficial as it refreshes workers’ minds and may educate them in something they’d forgotten about.
Provide the appropriate equipment
As an employer, it’s your duty to provide the appropriate equipment to your workers. Items such as fall arrest systems should be given to all workers working at heights. Scaffolding should be carefully erected and checked over regularly for issues. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be supplied to all construction site workers.
Hard hats are particularly important as, in the event of a fall, they protect the head and brain from serious injury. In some parts of Africa, PPE use among construction workers is as low as 15.6%. A lack of PPE can result in serious injuries, which may even be life-threatening, following a fall. If you’re found responsible for this, the worker’s family will seek help from a wrongful death lawyer. Their job will involve getting justice and compensation for your negligence.
Construction site workers who work alone are at risk because, if a fall happens, there’s no one around to help them. This can be prevented by always having at least two workers together at one time. However, this isn’t completely foolproof. It isn’t always cost effective, either, as the average wage for a construction worker in South Africa is R190,200 per year. An alternative option is to invest in lone worker safety devices.
These allow bosses to monitor the exact location of their workers. They also provide status updates and can be used by the worker should they get into trouble. They’re, therefore, ideal aids for workers who need urgent assistance following a fall.
Falls are a major health and safety concern on construction sites. This advice will help you to keep your workers safe from harm and to minimize the chance of a fall.