The Importance of Site Safety Plan Preparation
At Scott Henson Architecture, we can't overemphasize the importance of site safety plan preparation. More than 20% of workplace fatalities happen in the construction business, according to OSHA, so having a proactive plan to keep your job site safe is not only good business - it can really save lives.
The key components of a typical site safety plan are:
- New employee and ongoing staff training, including rules for when to use and where to find personal protective equipment.
- Inspection of the site and all equipment, followed by periodic audits. Electrocutions are the second-highest cause of death in construction, so we take care that our equipment is always in good working order.
- Accountability, both on the leadership side and on the employee side.
We put in writing, in simple, clear language, the important facts:
WHO is in charge of maintaining the safety of our job site.
WHAT the rules and expectations are. (For instance, everyone has to use protective eye wear.)
WHEN an accident happens, the process for dealing with it.
WHERE personal protective equipment is kept.
WHY everyone is responsible for safety.
The GC or site manager can't be everywhere at once, and just meeting the minimum legal requirements isn't enough to keep an accident from happening. Every construction project must have a set of standards in place so that anyone on the site can react quickly to a safety situation.
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