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How should you identify and assess hazards at work?

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2022 | Construction Contracts

Accidents and mishaps can easily happen on construction sites, given the rugged nature of these workplaces. While it is true that you cannot avoid some mishaps, there are quite a few hazards that should be present from the beginning.

In this case, proper identification and assessment of possible threats are crucial to keep workers safe. Here are a few steps you can take to reduce your work site’s chance of an accident.

Compile information

There are lots of resources that can help you perform an initial risk assessment in order to collect pertinent information. For instance, equipment manuals often identify specific risks with machines like tractors and forklifts. If your team works around dangerous chemicals and substances, you’ll also have access to safety sheets. You can also ask your employees what risks they encounter most on a regular basis to derive further insight.

Perform an inspection

In addition to collecting information about your worksite, you should also conduct regular investigations. Look for things like broken or damaged equipment, which will eventually cause injuries to workers. Liquid spills and leaks are another possible issue, as they can contribute to falling injuries. Electrical hazards are particularly dangerous, so make sure any exposed wiring or damaged electrical equipment gets repaired immediately.

Investigate incidents

Reviewing previous workplace incidents can also help you avoid future events. For example, if numerous staff members have experienced the same types of injuries, it is worthwhile to investigate those specific processes. Investigations should also take place whenever new injuries emerge, as understanding exactly what happened can help you create processes to prevent it.

Hazard detection and avoidance require a comprehensive effort. As a result, construction workplaces should include numerous employees in their approach to keep everyone safe and secure at all times.