Importance of Job Site Safety
Job site safety is an important factor in any workplace. This is why there is a Workplace Health and Safety legislation (WHS Act) to cover every aspect related to an employee’s safety in any type of workplace including construction and demolition sites. There is a need for companies and organizations to ensure the overall well-being of their workers at the job site. A safe work site not only ensures the employee’s well-being but improves the company’s employment brand and fosters better working conditions too.
The Workplace Health and Safety Law
The WHS law in Australia enacted a legislative framework for companies and businesses to provide safe working conditions for their employees and others who could potentially be affected by the company’s operations. The Act imposes uniform health and safety standards across the country. All individuals, businesses and companies are obliged to comply with the Act across all states and territories.
Safety in construction and demolition sites
Both construction and demolition sites are naturally busy places with a high potential for accidents and injuries. In demolition sites, for example, employees work side-by-side with heavy vehicles and falling debris. The potential for injury is always high but with the right workplace safety programs, accidents can be eliminated and a safe working environment can be created for employees and the general public. It is therefore important for construction and demolition companies to have proper consultation, coordination, and cooperation when working in a potentially dangerous environment. They should work with strict adherence to the model WHS Act for the health and safety of everyone involved.
Demolition, dismantling, or decommissioning of any structure must be done in strict adherence to the WHS law to avoid accidents and work-related injuries such as serious cuts, joint sprains and strains, adverse muscle conditions, and other injuries that may result from being hit by an object, lifting or pushing heavy objects, and falls from an elevated position. The law ensures that work-related fatalities in any form are significantly reduced if not completely eliminated.
Reducing workplace-related accidents and injuries
The most important measure a company can take to improve job site safety is by ensuring that there are proper communication and coordination among its employees and the general public. Having the worksite cordoned off from the general public is critical. This helps to avoid accidental injuries to anyone passing close to the site, which could result in costly litigations.
It is also important to create sufficient paths for workers and heavy machinery in a demolition site. This is done by zoning specific sections of the site for heavy machinery to avoid accidental injuries to workers.
While working on a demolition site, it is imperative to start by identifying potential hazards and put measures in place to avoid them. With the right safety measures in place, each employee plays a key role in ensuring safety for all.
A safe workplace also ensures less disruption to the work at hand. Job site catastrophes can bring your work to a sudden standstill and adversely affect your schedule and efficiency. Losing a single worker due to injury may cause you to suspend an important process in the demolition process. At Brice Consulting, we believe in having a safe working environment which not only promotes the welfare of our staff but enhances our brand value and goodwill from customers.