Construction sites are a naturally dangerous setting even when safety is a top priority. As an owner or manager in the contracting industry, it is essential that you take action to protect your company’s employees. Below, the experienced professionals at Certified Contractors Network discuss the importance of worker safety and what to do as an HR manager in the construction industry.
Safety Training and Protective Procedures
Because of the hazardous and uncertain nature of a construction site, worker safety is the first priority when completing a project. If a worker is injured, the job cannot be completed. Safety training and protective procedures are vital to ensuring the safety of everyone and minimizing the potential for danger. Take the time to lead a presentation or workshop on the various safety measures in place to protect the team. This process might also alert you to areas where procedures need more development or implementation, so it becomes beneficial for both the crew and the HR team.
Not only does worker safety prevent injuries or death, it also prevents a financial crisis. Workplace accidents are expensive, and there is a wide variety of costs incurred from injuries on the job. Beyond medical expenses, there are the added costs of a lost employee. Productivity may slow or halt, requiring the hiring and training of replacements. The possibility of lawsuits and legal fees are also a threat. The news of a serious injury or the reduced productivity from injured workers can harm your reputation, resulting in lost future revenue. Ultimately, it’s much more cost-efficient to spend time and resources on ensuring the safety of the crew and reducing possible injuries.
Implementing HR Best Practices
HR has the ability to reduce workplace injuries by implementing plans and ensuring they are followed. Have a discussion with crew managers to develop specific plans that address potential concerns and collaborate with the team to encourage their support in following the procedures.
Hold routine sessions for employees to teach and review safety protocols. It’s also important for HR managers to ensure the information is accessible and understood by all employees. This may require materials that offer translations or accessibility features.
Prioritize Worker’s Health
With the various potential dangers associated with jobs in construction, it’s important that employees are healthy when working. HR managers can encourage their crew to review their insurance benefits, utilize their coverage, and pursue the care they might need. Remind workers not to ignore signs of injury or sickness, and consider implementing a reward system for those who make choices to improve their lifestyles.
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