One of the most important issues for construction workers to consider is Workplace health and safety. Every single day workers are exposed to hazards on site which threaten their health and safety and that of their co-workers, which is why workers need to continuously ask themselves whether they are doing all they can to ensure occupation health and safety.
While the first step in staying safe is undergoing general construction induction safety in the form of the White Card, workers also need to undergo site specific safety training, to familiarise themselves with the hazards unique to the site and the control measures designed by employers to overcome them, as well as other safety issues such as emergency response procedures etc.
Construction workers must be aware of the hazards presented by construction work, which is where the White Card comes in. The white card training teaches workers about these hazards but also educates them about best practices to overcome these risks.
In Oz in particular, the construction sector is one of the most dangerous and almost daily workers are being injured and killed somewhere in the country. Safety on site is not the responsibility of any one entity or person, everyone must get involved to ensure a culture of safety is promoted and maintained. This will also ensure that workers are utilising the right equipment for the job and the appropriate personal protective equipment.
Everyone says that safety is their number one priority on their job sites, but if this were true we wouldn’t hear of so many construction accidents each day across the country.
No matter how good a site’s safety record, more can always be done to improve safety and to facilitate this workers need to continuously question their own actions as well as the actions of others on site. According to SimplifiedSafety.com workers need to ask:
1. What have I done today to make my job site safer?
2. Are the employees working here today using the safety equipment that they have been provided?
3. Have I talked to any workers in the past two days to learn another thing about safety on this job?
4. Has anything changed on the job site since yesterday that introduces a new hazard that wasn’t here yesterday?
5. Have I walked the job site today looking for unsafe behavior or equipment?
6. Am I willing to take action against employees who continually behave in an unsafe manner in order to keep them and the people working with them safe?
7. Have I talked to my boss lately about safety issues on this job site?
8. When was the last time I checked the OSHA regulations to make sure there are no new requirements that affect my employer’s job sites?
9. Do employees feel that they can come to me about safety concerns so that they don’t “drop a dime” on my employer with OSHA?
10. Have I done what I promised others that I would do to take care of potential safety hazards on this job site?