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09 Jun 2015
A Guide to Make Construction Site Safe
A Guide to Make Construction Site Safe

The construction sector and construction activities are considered to be one of the major sources of economic growth, development and economic activities. Construction industry plays an important role in the economic uplift and development of the country. It can be regarded as a mechanism of generating employment and offering job opportunities to millions of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workforce. It also plays a key role in generating income in both formal and informal sectors. It supplements the foreign exchange earnings derived from trade in construction material and engineering service.

Civil Contractor companies offer an innovative approach to civil, road construction, and maintenance services for the mining, construction and oil and gas sectors and service the large resources sector, inclusive of Iron Ore, Oil and Gas, and Power, primarily providing Civil and Structural, Shut Maintenance and Specialist Labour to assist customers in achieving successful projects and company goals. 

These companies construct complex civil infrastructure and commercial development projects including desalination plants, power stations, gas and water pipelines and office buildings.  They specialise in large projects on remote sites, their expert knowledge of civil works translates into safe, professional, and cost effective project outcomes.

Safety is a priority and these companies drive the behaviours, attitudes and actions required of all individuals within their business to follow Occupational Safety and Health Management Plan to achieve a working environment that is free from injury or incident. Their policies and procedures regarding health and safety practice best describes the activities and processes established to ensure the safety of employees, subcontractors, customers, visitors and employees of the client.

Some of the causes of job site accidents are machine and equipment operation. Therefore, it is mandatory that all operators must have identifiable and verifiable training on the machine or equipment. Most equipment dealers will provide this training as part of their customer service, and you need to take advantage of it.  The larger or more complex the machine, the more in-depth the training should be.

Here are some steps that Civil construction Contracting companies can take to help make the job site safer and keep projects on track:

  • Safety on the job site starts in the executive suite. To have a real impact on workers, safety has to become a core value of the organization.
  • Proactive companies may establish a safety committee composed of upper management, risk managers, safety directors and operational staff to continually discuss and review safety performance.
  • Accountability must be a core component of the safety culture. From individual workers to foremen, project supervisors and executives, everyone needs to be held accountable for safety.
  • Because every project is built on paper first, safety begins with pre-planning.
  • Companies routinely pre-qualify subcontractors for experience, qualification and financial strength, but safety history and performance should also be the criteria. To evaluate subcontractor safety performance, companies should review their experience modification rates, their Bureau of Labour Statistics recordable and lost time incident rates, Occupational Health, Safety and Environment citation record and their overall safety culture and procedure.

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