How to avoid a worker's compensation claim on your construction zone
  • adtozhouadtozhou November 2016
    The number of work related scaffold storage systems injuries, both in the UK and

    Australia,
    is quite high. In fact, 2012-2013 saw an estimated 646,000 work related
    accidents with 1/3 of those leading to three or more

    missed
    work days and another 1/3, seven or more missed days. While
    self-reported non-fatal injuries have fallen, there were 148 deaths

    related
    to workplace injury during the same two year period. Clearly, the cost
    of injury and/or death, as well as missed work time, is

    high.
    While these figures represent all industries, we know construction zones
    are ripe for accident and injury. There are tried and

    true methods of decreasing costly accidents which also prevent compensation claims.

    Equipment

    Any
    and all equipment used should be in good working order. Electrical
    cords should be free of damage and frays. Tools should be

    ergonomic
    when possible, yet practical and safe. Make sure employees use the
    right tool for the jobs they're doing. Adding 20 minutes

    to the
    day by going after the right tool is time better spent than an afternoon
    in the emergency room followed by several missed work

    days. Instead of trying to cut corners, cut accident levels.

    Safety Training

    One
    thing we can never neglect is training. There are so many things
    happening, often at once, in a construction zone; accidents may

    seem
    like part of the work day. While most will be harmless or near-miss
    situations, your goal should be to avoid accidents altogether.

    In
    construction zones, you're dealing with a lot of variables. The framing
    crew might not work under the same direction as the plumbing

    crew
    or the electrical crew. Make sure your subcontractors know who to
    answer to and each member of their team is trained and qualified

    for
    the job being done. Have regular meetings with job supervisors keeping
    everybody informed regarding goals for the day or week.

    Newly hired employees should train under a mentor similar to being an apprentice.

    All
    personal protective equipment (PPE) should be up to the country's
    certified standards and used properly. Proper use is as simple as

    actually wearing hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, steel toed boots, etc.

    Working high

    Working
    at heights is always dangerous. Have well-built scaffolding and good
    ladders available, making sure both are used correctly.

    All safety straps should be strong and free of rips and frays.

    Working
    high could also mean working under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    If an employee displays signs of working high, remove

    them at
    once from the construction site. Random drug and alcohol tests may be
    used to prevent employees from coming to work under the

    influence.

    The Public

    Since
    construction zones are often in public places, people not having
    anything to do with the job whatsoever, are a potential hazard.

    Besides
    the possibility of damaging the site itself, people can get seriously
    hurt or die as a result of roaming around a construction

    site.
    Be sure to erect barriers or temporary fencing to the zone and place
    clear signs warning of danger if crossed. Create a temporary

    detour if necessary to help people avoid getting hurt.
    Audits

    Do
    regular equipment and safety audits along with random checks. If
    anything is found lacking, make the necessary correction. People

    on
    the construction site will be more likely to use equipment and safety
    gear properly if they know it matters to the supervisors.

    Running
    a job from start to finish accident free is certainly a worthy goal.
    You can come much closer to meeting this goal by making

    safety a priority in every decision from the top down. When safety Ringlock steel pallet precautions are top

    priority, accidents and compensation claims are rare. It's a win/win situation for everybody.