Safety should be a top priority in any industry – especially in the construction field. When operating equipment comes into play, it’s vital for companies in this industry to establish specific guidelines and to educate workers on proper safety techniques, ensuring all parties are protected from harm. Establishing these safety best practices and guidelines creates a shared responsibility mentality that starts with management. Leaders should view safety, as well as the time that goes into enforcing it, as an investment instead of a burdensome expense.
Below are just a few important things to keep a few things in mind when drafting safety protocols.
- According to For Construction Pros, getting on and off machines is the number one cause of injury for equipment operators. Regular testing and maintenance ensures that machines are easily accessible by workers.
- Establish a safety-centric dress code, including proper boots, gloves and safety vests, is necessary. Based on the job at hand, helmets may also be required to protect against head injuries and falls.
- When workers are operating machinery, require them to read the operating manual and maintain up-to-date knowledge on the features and protocols for the machine. It’s also important that all employees are regularly trained on proper operating techniques.
Establishing safety as a priority keeps workers, the company and any passersby out of harm’s way. Also, holding team members accountable by requiring them to live out safety policies and guidelines creates a sense of comradery and protection within the group, and is positively received when it comes to public image of the company.
Safety is a huge part of our culture at Lehman-Roberts Co. and Memphis Stone & Gravel Co. Every January, we bring team members from both companies together for our Annual Training Academy (ATA), which consists of four days of training, as part of our continuous improvement efforts.