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General Contractors and Safety on the Construction Site

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that every year there are nearly 1,000 fatal occupational injuries on construction sites—that doesn’t include the many non-deadly incidents. It is absolutely critical for general contractors to ensure the optimal safety of their crew, and Shield-Safety offers a number of supplies to enhance safety on all types of job sites. However, the first step is making sure comprehensive safety policies are in place, routinely updated, and regularly visited. This is the number-one way to mitigate any risks on dangerous job sites.

Most general contractors manage teams that work with heavy machinery, equipment, and potentially dangerous tools. It’s the job of a general contractor to do everything possible to make sure their crew is safe, and if this doesn’t happen you may be subject to fines and possibly jail. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) posts safety procedures specific to various industries including construction. This can be a great tool when revisiting and/or drafting your safety policies.

Who’s in Charge of Construction Safety?

OSHA states that the primary contractor is in charge of all on-site safety, adding that, “to the extent that a subcontractor of any tier agrees to perform any part of the contract, he also assumes responsibility for complying with the standards.” Some of the primary rules OSHA offers specifically for contractors include management leadership and declaring that “management” is responsible for not only maintaining workplace safety but improving it.

OSHA dictates that every worker has to understand their role as it applies to safety, as well as pinpoint any flaws in regards to the current workplace safety situation. Hazard identification is also covered by OSHA, which calls for “proper procedures” to identify, investigate, and report possible hazards. This segues into hazard prevention and management, which OSHA demands an ongoing identification and removal of any workplace hazards that might be found.

Help for General Contractors & Safety Training

OSHA and Shield-Safety are two key partners every general contractor should have on their side. OSHA requires all workers to be routinely trained in safety protocols, including undergoing education on recognizing hazards. Additionally, both general contractors and subcontractors are required to be dedicated to promoting worker safety. How can you do this? Proper program evaluation, updates, and communication are key. 

It’s a must for contractors to be always aware of potential hazards on their site. Knowing the full risks connected to each hazard and keeping a watch on workers needs to be the underlying “flow” of the workday. Comprehensively training employees is also necessary not just to further reduce the risk of injury and/or death, but also to increase your peace of mind as a contractor. Everyone should know the latest OSHA standards prior to starting work, and regular training sessions are great refreshers. 

When you have the right safety tool on-site, that’s yet another way to reduce risks and injuries. Shield-Safety supplies professional-grade tools to help keep you, your worksite, and your workers safe. Contact us today to customize an order specific to your needs and industry.

Workplace and Job Site Injury Prevention Training

Injury Prevention Training

Would you know what to do if you or one of your coworkers got hurt on the job? If you own your own business, are you confident that you and all of your employees are equipped to handle a job site injury? Too often, the answer is no. Even if the company you work for (or own) does offer workplace injury prevention training, it’s very easy for attendees to forget their training. When an injury occurs, adrenaline is running high and it’s easier than ever to forget a training from months or years ago. It’s important for all businesses to offer initial and ongoing trainings for job site injury prevention and proper safety products use, in some industries it’s even required by law. 

OSHA provides guidance on these types of trainings to help employers identify and address hazards before an injury occurs. Studies have found that employers who adopt these trainings enjoy a “dramatic decrease” in job site injuries, but there’s also a transformation of the workplace culture. Trainings lead to more productivity, a higher quality output, minimized costs, better employee satisfaction, and a smaller turnover rate. Today, 34 states either require or promote employers to have such training programs, and at the heart of all of these programs are six key facets: worker participation, hazard identification, management leadership, hazard prevention, training and education, and program evaluation. 

What Can these Injury Prevention Programs Do for You?

According to OSHA, injury prevention training programs change for the better how hazards are identified and addressed. This leads to a safer environment and better “workplace health.” Workers are understandably injured less and there are fewer illnesses and fatalities associated with the job site. Plus, employers better their compliance with current regulations and enjoy a financial benefit of a safer, healthier job site. Numerous reports and studies have backed up these claims. 

Since OSHA’s injury prevention training recommendations were adopted 40 years ago, the US has reported a significant decrease in workplace deaths and injuries. In fact, there has been a 60 percent drop. However, there are still work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Most of them are preventable. In fact, every day 12+ people die on the job, totaling over 4,500 deaths per year. Annually, over 4.1 million workers have a “serious” job-related illness or injury.

Getting on Board with Safety Training

In order to further decrease these numbers, employers need to focus on prevention. This requires a training that’s continuous, effective, flexible, and makes sense. These programs help employers to identify the hazards before an injury (or worse) occurs. Trainings also help employers to abide by OSHA standards based on their industry and state. OSHA’s aim is to help employers “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” 

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for every business. Your company is unique, and it deserves a unique injury prevention program. Contact Shield-Safety to learn about various programs that can be customized to suit your needs.

Complying with OSHA Regulations: Make Safety a Priority

OSHA regulations are strict for a reason — they’re supposed to make you, your employees, and your entire workplace safer. From small businesses to large corporations, everyone involved benefits when federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations are followed to the letter.

OSHA regulations

If you’re overwhelmed at the prospect of an inspection, don’t be. You can take easy steps today to reduce risk, control hazards, and ensure continued compliance with all OSHA standards.

Resolve to undertake the four actions listed below, and you’ll never have to worry about being in compliance with OSHA regulations.

1. Conduct a Worksite Analysis

A complete site analysis is the first step in assessing the safety of your workplace. It may help to request a free consultation visit with OSHA at this stage to walk through all of the workplace procedures. You should also do a walk-through of each employee’s tasks with him or her, keeping watch for any procedures that don’t line up with OSHA regulations.

Review the past few years of accident reports and injuries and see if any patterns are developing.

If a worksite analysis turns up evidence of noncompliance, you must correct it right away. Make repairs or alter procedures, then document your changes.

2. Maintain Equipment

Another key way to stay in compliance with OSHA regulations is by thoroughly maintaining all of your equipment. Regularly inspect the equipment, and have a check system in place for operators to alert management when machinery is not operating correctly.

3. Schedule Employee Training

One of the most important areas of OSHA compliance is employee safety training. OSHA regulations are meant to ensure that every employee works in a safe environment, and in many cases, the employees themselves dictate the level of safety.

It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure employees are adequately trained for their jobs and aware of all risks and hazards.

Besides training for the job itself, employees need to be trained on how to properly utilize protective equipment. They should also be trained on how to respond to workplace injuries and emergencies.

4. Encourage Open Communication

Lastly, one of the steps you must take to ensure the safety of everyone in your company is by encouraging an open, communicative environment. Safety hazards aren’t a low priority. They should be identified and corrected right away.

If you work at creating a workplace environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts on any risks and hazards they face, you are much more likely to stay in compliance, because you can correct issues immediately.

Shield-Safety is your top resource for complying with OSHA regulations, from providing employee training to writing safety procedures for your company. Call today for more information.