Safety Changes in the Construction Industry

Safety should always be a top priority for any construction site manager. Putting employees at unnecessary risk has the potential to shut down any work site. There are a few regulations that will help in determining what is proper at a construction site to keep employees safe. The regulations have been put forth by the “Construction (Design and Management) 2007 Regulations.” Here are 11 simple steps you can take to make sure you are compliant with the most recent regulations.

  1. Hire the right people. Utilize trade organizations and construction contractors to be sure that you have workers who are trained in safety rules.
  2. Allow enough time. Rushed projects create environments where accidents are more likely to happen. Budget the time for the project so safety requirements can be easily met.
  3. Provide detailed information. Everyone on the job site should be aware of all information necessary to make the project run smoothly.
  4. Encourage communication and cooperation. Make sure that the contractors and other team members are given the proper tools to be able to communicate effectively with everyone on the job site. Misunderstandings can cause serious safety violations.
  5. Manage effectively. The site manager should always be in control of the situation. It is ultimately that individual’s responsibility for the safety of everyone working.
  6. Have the proper on site safety facilities. Make sure that all employees have access to health and safety equipment to both prevent and treat injuries.
  7. Workplace Design. Make sure that the design team has complied with safety regulations of the work site before the project begins.
  8. Appoint a CDM Coordinator. For project lasting more than 30 days or employing more than 500 contractors, a construction manager should appoint a coordinator to be sure the project is compliant with the Construction (Design and Management) 2007 Regulations.
  9. Appoint a primary contractor. Be sure to assignment management duties to contractors so the entire work site will have access to leadership at all times.
  10. Provide a health and safety plan. No work should begin on the site until a plan is in place to ensure the health and safety of all workers on the job site.
  11. Maintain health and safety records. Solid records should be kept of the health and safety regulations on site to be provided to any future companies who will restore, maintain or demolish the building.

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