In the construction industry, risk management is a major priority. However, in some cases, safety and safety training are implemented far too sparingly. Construction delays and damages on a project can impede the timeline so much that, sadly, safety is deprioritized and workers as well as the public are at risk.
Safety and safety training are mistakenly thought to be simply common sense, something that construction workers understand. So, when the pressure mounts to meet a project deadline, safety training gets cut short.
While it may seem okay at the time and possibly not amount to any injuries or problems, it is walking a tightrope that is a bad idea that can create substantial liability.
Construction work by its very nature can be dangerous. That’s a given. Seldom do people want to look squarely in the face of statistics, but the fact is, tens of thousands of injuries in construction occur every year. The leading causes are electrocution, falls, getting hit by an object and getting trapped between objects or walls.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act established in 1970 (OSHA), protects worker’s rights to a safe workplace. OSHA can file confidential complaints and ask for their workplace to undergo inspection. It is also the responsibility of employers to provide necessary training and testing to ensure worksite safety.
Beginning March of 2018, new OSHA construction site safety requirements went into effect requiring safety training for all construction projects. It’s good to know that FC Construction Services is well prepared to serve the construction industry with its innovative technology. Here’s how it works.
Before a worker is issued a badge, their OSHA card is scanned and the expiration date is recorded in the FC Construction Services system. When a worker scans his badge, the system can deactivate it if his OSHA training has expired. As a result, entrance through the turnstile and onto the jobsite is not allowed. In states such as Texas, OSHA training certificates do not expire; however, that’s not the case in other places such as New York City, which recently added new safety requirements and certificate expirations.
Jobsite safety and safe security access is a priority for any construction site. These two processes can be effectively managed by knowing the who, what, when, why and how of people who enter the jobsite. The value of having a system in place to manage and monitor job access is critical and diminishes the possibility of risk substantially.
It’s not an option, but an essential must that managers and supervisors invest the time to provide relevant, useful safety instruction and guidance to their workforce. Making overall jobsite safety and security a priority, contractors can reduce construction site injuries and deaths.