When the workplace is a construction area, the most important thing to consider is the safety of the employees. It is the supervisors’ job to make sure that everyone has been through a safety training course before they enter and work in the construction area. Some people are under the impression that there is no need for safety training. After all, shouldn’t it be common sense? At times, supervisors or managers even skip the training course because it will take away from their employees’ working hours.
However, it is essential to educate and remind constructors workers of the potential accidents that could occur on-site at any moment. The consequences of construction hazards are always severe. This is why you should find a way to protect your employees from possible accidents. Here are the reasons why safety training in construction is a must:
Safety training is a requirement
On a construction site, safety needs to come first, and the responsibility of each worker’s safety falls on the prime contractor. According to the HSA (Health and Safety Executives), it is the prime contractor’s duty to provide safety training and make sure that everyone knows how to handle a situation where an accident occurs. If the prime contractor fails to conduct safety training for their workers, they are liable to be sued in the case of an accident.
There are some conditions where the prime contractor can push the responsibility of worker safety to a subcontractor by including it in a contract. However, this still does not mean that the prime contractor is free from looking after their workers. The subcontractor may be partially responsible, but the prime contractor still has a responsibility to fulfil.
In the construction area, workers are always being exposed to potential risks. Each and every one of them needs to be informed of any and all potential dangers, such as falling from a considerable height, being injured by falling objects, being exposed to hazardous substances, getting injured from machinery, or working in limited spaces.
After safety training has been completed, it’s important to test the workers and ensure that they understand what they have learned during the training program. There is no point in conducting safety training if nobody gets anything out of it.
Safety training can lower construction costs
Providing safety training can reduce the chance of construction hazards because everyone will be aware of them, exercising caution when they are onsite. Fewer construction accidents mean lower overall construction costs. This is because the company does not have to cover insured losses, administrative penalties or fines, and litigation and attorney’s fees.
Safety training will encourage workers to prioritise safety
Although conducting a training session may take time and cause work delays, it still has more benefits than you think. It’s crucial to provide training programs for your employees from time to time. This way, they will be constantly reminded that they must be careful when working in a construction area.
If the gap between each session is too long, there will be a higher risk of construction hazards. It is crucial to make sure that every employee, new and seasoned alike, attend the training programs each time. Sparing some work time for training is far better than having to deal with worksite injuries or even death.
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