The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction
|Publication Date:||1 January 2005|
Construction can be a hazardous business. With proper training procedures, hazard inspections, and rules enforcement, however, the hazards can be greatly reduced or eliminated. A well-conceived safety program is mandatory to keep everyone at the jobsite aware of possible hazards. People attracted to construction work tend to feel that they can "take care of themselves." While that may generally be true, concrete construction involves teamwork. You must consider the safety of others as you work. Without safety awareness, the self-confidence of a construction worker can create the attitude that safety regulations and protective equipment are an annoyance rather than a necessity. The "rookie" is the most feared person in construction. "Rookies" are exposed to more unknowns than those workers who are familiar with the project. Careful and complete safety training for "rookies" will produce safer and more efficient crews.
Failure to follow safety regulations and to use personal protective equipment can lead to injuries. Lost-time injuries tend to be severe, costly to both the company and the injured employee, and may even lead to a long-time or permanent reduction in a person's physical abilities.
In addition to the concern for the injured person, the company loses that person's skills and faces a potential drop in the quality of the work during the time that worker is off the job. Accidents disrupt the flow of work, causing further impacts to the project.