5 Essential Tips for New Employees to Stay Safe on the Job Site
At Condustrial, safety is our top priority when it comes to our applicants, clients, employees, and the communities we serve. We are fully committed to maintaining the highest safety standards on all of our job sites and at every client facility that we provide staffing solutions for. To ensure that proper safety protocols are followed and that everyone is safeguarded, we have a team of safety professionals with over 30 years of experience in place. We take pride in protecting our own and making safety an integral part of everything we do. For new hires, it’s important to ensure they understand the importance of safety and how to stay safe on the job site.
Here are five ways new employees can stay safe on the job site:
Attend safety orientation and training sessions: Before new employees start working on the job site, they should attend safety orientation and training sessions. These sessions will provide them with important information about potential hazards, safety protocols, and emergency procedures. This knowledge will help them make informed decisions on the job site.
For employers, here are the four most important safety protocols and procedures that construction companies should have in place:
- Hazard Communication Program: A hazard communication program is critical for construction companies as it ensures that employees are aware of the potential hazards of the materials and chemicals they may come into contact with on the job site. This program includes providing employees with information on the proper handling, storage, and use of hazardous materials.
- Fall Protection Plan: Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. A fall protection plan should be in place to prevent falls from heights, such as roofs, scaffolds, and ladders. The plan should include the use of personal fall arrest systems, guardrails, and safety nets.
- Lockout/Tagout Procedures: Lockout/tagout procedures are necessary to prevent employees from being injured by the unexpected startup or release of energy from machinery or equipment. This procedure involves isolating the equipment, locking or tagging it out, and testing to ensure that it cannot be started accidentally.
- Emergency Action Plan: An emergency action plan is essential to ensure that all employees know what to do in case of an emergency, such as a fire, explosion, or natural disaster. The plan should include evacuation procedures, emergency contacts, and communication protocols.
Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE): Personal protective equipment is crucial in construction, as it can prevent injuries and even save lives. New employees should be provided with the necessary PPE and be instructed to wear it at all times. Examples of PPE include hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed boots.
Follow safety protocols and procedures: Construction companies have safety protocols and procedures in place for a reason. New employees must follow these procedures to ensure their safety and the safety of their co-workers. They should also report any safety concerns to their supervisor or safety officer immediately.
Stay alert and aware of their surroundings: Construction sites can be busy and chaotic, and new employees need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. They should look out for potential hazards, such as heavy machinery, moving vehicles, or falling objects. They should also avoid distractions, such as using their phone while working.
Speak up if they don’t feel safe: If a new employee feels uncomfortable or unsafe while working, they should speak up. They should never be afraid to ask questions or raise concerns about safety. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and their safety is of the utmost importance.
Safety is critical in construction, and new employees must take it seriously. By attending safety orientation and training sessions, wearing appropriate PPE, following safety protocols, staying alert and aware of their surroundings, and speaking up if they don’t feel safe, new employees can stay safe on the job site. As a construction employer, it’s our responsibility to provide a safe working environment for all employees, and we at Condustrial take this responsibility very seriously.