How to Improve and Promote Safety in Construction

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Sources: EHS Today

The construction industry poses unique health and safety challenges for its workers. In fact, about one out of every five workplace deaths in calendar year 2019 were construction-related, according to OSHA. Luckily, health and safety processes play a vital role in minimizing risks.

The Importance of a Safety Culture

Aside from minimizing health risks and saving your organization money, a safety management program that fosters a safety culture also provides other benefits, including:

  • Improvements in quality and production
  • Increased employee morale
  • Gains in employee recruiting and retention
  • Better image and reputation among customers, suppliers and the community.

Barriers to Garnering Employee Buy-In

There are many reasons why employees may not buy-in to a safety culture, including:

  • Employees may be unaware of the safety hazards they face and thus less receptive to the changes required to avoid them
  • Rapid organizational growth and lack of emphasis on safety practices
  • Perceived, or actual, lack of time to follow safety protocols
  • Disinterest in safety issues, as they don’t feel it’s relevant to them
  • Feelings of invincibility since they haven’t yet had an incident
  • Lack of management involvement and buy-in from the top.
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Written by, Miss Oumsree Ananthakumarl

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