In 2015, New Zealand’s construction industry received job-related ACC claims that peaked at 34,300. This number is second only to manufacturing regarding severity.
If you are a stakeholder in the construction industry, you need to be asking this question: Do we have sufficient safety plan and practices in place?
If you can only arrive at an ambivalent answer, here are a few notes.
In April 2016, the country’s Health and Safety at Work Act came into being. As part of its mission, by 2020 this law seeks to cut workplace injuries and deaths by 25%. The plan of action includes zeroing in on “critical risks” as opposed to “trivial hazards.”
This does not mean that you can now settle with broad stroke safety measures in your construction site. If anything, this law calls for more stringent and specific practices in site safety inspection and maintenance.
From putting up safety signage to making sure there are accessible entry and egress at all times, all the nitty-gritty must be duly considered, and, if faulty, resolved.
Surrounding your construction site with hired and temporary fencing you can get from firms such as Superfence is another safety measure you cannot do without. It safeguards your site from possible looters. Additionally, fencing protects your staff from any unwelcome and potentially malicious intruders.
But fencing’s most crucial purpose has to be this: to keep outsiders away from your site, thus limiting the possibility of their being exposed to site hazards like falling objects, which, your company will have to address should the burden of negligence fall on your end.
Keeping Visitors Safe
In the case of expected visitors to your construction, safety measures practised by and provided to your staff should also apply to them. You should give them protective gear. Sign in and sign out should be accomplished for record purposes.
Most importantly, restricted areas should be as such, and a representative from your team must conduct the site tour.