Jobsite safety is a must.
A safe workplace will ensure you are compliant with local and national laws. Moreover, it creates a comfortable and productive work environment for everyone on the jobsite. If a jobsite isn’t safe enough for its employees, it isn’t safe enough for its clients. Therefore, your organization should proactively identify and plan to avoid situations threatening the jobsite's safety.
Here are eight ways to minimize accidents and create a safer jobsite.
1. Create a Detailed List of Necessary Equipment
Having the correct equipment is crucial for a successful project.
Create a checklist of all necessary equipment and tools to complete the job. Make the checklist as detailed as possible so that whoever oversees the equipment knows exactly what to prepare.
2. List Proper Machine Etiquette
Always practice proper machine etiquette.
List steps to take before operators use the equipment. Some things you should consider including on this list are the following:
- Adjust your seat and put on the seat belt.
- Set mirrors.
- Adjust machine control style.
- Use three points of contact.
- Do not carry tools or supplies when entering or exiting equipment.
- Never jump onto or off the machine while it's stationary or moving.
- Never attempt to start the machine from outside the cab, unless it has remote control capabilities such as Bluetooth.
3. Complete a Visual Check
Look for anything that might be wrong with the machine and could require maintenance.
Setting aside a few minutes for a preventative inspection before and after equipment use can prevent downtime, extend the equipment’s lifespan, and minimize mishaps that could cause injury. Check for any signs of damage, leaks, or connection issues before and after use for the following:
- Fluid levels
- Fuel, oil, and air filters
- Belts (alternator, fan, etc.)
- Greasing points and frequency
- Pooled fluid around the machine
- Auxiliary hydraulic connectors and pressure
- Structural damage, scratches, or dents
- Ground tools
- Attachment mount-up
- Operator compartment
- Engine indicators and warnings
- Rear-view camera
4. Provide Training
Implementing training programs in the workplace has many benefits.
Training improves skills and increases knowledge and in many cases training is required by OSHA. It ensures that all employees know how to properly operate and handle the machinery. Furthermore, training can help make employees feel like they are invested in and valued.
5. Report Unsafe Conditions
Do not ignore possible work hazards.
Remind employees to report any possible unsafe work conditions. Listing pictures and hanging lists of possible hazards can help ensure employees know what qualifies as unsafe.
Encourage good communication between employees and supervisors. This way, employees can feel comfortable giving suggestions and reporting unsafe conditions.
6. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
No matter how big or small the job, everyone on-site is required to wear PPE.
Personal protective equipment protects workers from chemicals, radiation, physical, electrical, mechanical, and other hazards. Items such as gloves, safety glasses, shoes, earplugs, hard hats, respirators, vests, etc., are all examples of personal protective equipment.
PPE should be regularly maintained and cleaned. Improperly maintained PPE is useless and offers little to no protection. Add an item to your checklist to regularly check for damage or tears.
7. Promote and Practice Good Housekeeping
A clean jobsite prevents accidents.
Leaving tools and machines on the ground increases the risk that someone might trip and fall. Always put away tools and machines after using them.
Additionally, clear any debris you spot around the radiator and other engine components. Clean and inspect walking surfaces and handles. As mentioned, ensure all PPE, including work boots, is clean.
8. Utilize Safety Signage
Using safety signage on a construction site is of utmost importance. Safety signage serves as a crucial visual communication tool that helps create a safe and secure environment. These signs are designed to convey important information, warnings, instructions to workers, visitors and contractors.
The presence of clear and well-placed safety signage helps prevent accidents and injuries as well. It’s a constant reminder to workers to adhere to safety protocols.
Furthermore, using proper signage demonstrates a commitment to compliance with industry regulations and legal requirements. Construction sites have a responsibility to ensure the well-being of everyone on site.
Work with the Safety Experts at Leppo Rents
Interested in learning about additional ways to ensure safe conditions for your employees? Leppo Rents is here to help. Our team is ready to hear about your project and how we can assist.
We offer the highest-quality construction equipment and are dedicated to helping organizations like yours find solutions. Contact us today to learn more.