Construction Staffing & Safety Training
Liability and Risk Management
The dangers that exist at a construction site are very real to workers who have not been properly trained on safety procedures. There is also a great liability risk for companies that do not invest in safety training. In order to minimize injury and reinforce best practices on the job site, construction staffing agencies and industrial project managers must partner to ensure workers are prepared.
OSHA construction industry standards require that workers have a basic working knowledge of some of the federal guidelines. For example, prior to working in construction, many workers may overlook the noise hazard that exists at building sites. Responsible construction staffing agencies provide training that teaches workers about this hazard and instructs on how to guard against it.
Safety training covers:
- Dress code: How employees should dress for work. Thick-soled or steel-toe work boots protect feet from damage from nails, which are abundant at every work site, and other sharp objects. There is no loose fitting clothing allowed. The fabric from loose clothes or loose gloves tends to get caught in tools, on materials or on moving equipment and could cause a worker to fall.
- Protective gear: Goggles protect the eyes from debris that often flies when working with construction materials, and a safety vest ensures workers are clearly visible to passing traffic so they can avoid being hit by moving cars. The hard hat, a symbol that has become universal in its representation of the construction industry as a whole, must be worn on site. No one can predict falling debris and workers must guard against it at all times.
- Work hazards: Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry, OSHA requires workers to know the hazards that can result from falls. At any given time, construction workers will have to stand on scaffolds, unfinished buildings and ladders. OSHA, construction companies and industry experts believe that the awareness of these hazards is a first and crucial step to preventing falls.
- Proper tool training: Workers should be very knowledgeable about which tools and machinery are used for which specific jobs; what safety equipment is necessary to complete those jobs; and how proper use of both safety apparatus and machinery keeps the site safe. Trench hazards, struck-bys, electrocution and damage from chemical materials can all be avoided in a good plan is in place and employees follow it.
As important as all of the safety precautions have become to the construction industry, it is equally important for employees to know their rights as workers. Once temporary employees have completed safety training, they should be fairly competent in locating safety and health resources and filing a proper complaint when it is necessary. OSHA requires construction sites to keep a log of work-related injuries and illness, as well as material safety data sheets, which tell workers what kind of dangers may evolve from handling certain kinds of materials. Safety checklists and personal protective equipment are two of the best safeguards for ensuring workers do not get hurt on the job.
Construction workers are the biggest investment for any labor staffing agency. The safety and well-being of those workers is vital to making sure the construction industry continues to flourish. Proper training is an important first step. Construction Labor Contractors is committed to the safety of employees and managing risk for employers.
Reasons you should choose CLC:
- We maximize workforce productivity
- We take on the responsibility of government compliance
- We remove your hiring costs and hassles
- We minimize your risk exposure
- We minimize your workers’ comp exposure
- We control your health care and benefits costs
- We reduce your unemployment insurance costs
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