If you are managing a work site, then avoiding injuries should be your number one priority. This is not only your moral obligation as a manager/boss but it also makes sense from a business perspective – if you were to have a serious injury, it would bring the project to a halt and this would cause everything to become delayed.
So how do you go about avoiding injuries on a work site? Read on and we’ll look at some top tips that can help a great deal.
Stretching and Warming Up
One thing you can do as a manager to avoid work site injuries, is to ensure you get everyone to stretch and warm up. That might sound excessive but when you think about the amount of physical effort that you and your team will be putting in, it makes sense. You wouldn’t head to the gym and then start bench pressing ‘cold’, so why should you do the same thing when you’re lifting heavy slabs?
A lot of injuries tend to occur when we become complacent. That’s why it tends to be the everyday procedures that we perform regularly that are the most dangerous.
How do you circumvent this complacency and prevent avoidable injuries? With checklists. A checklist basically talks you and your team through the steps necessary for any given task. Often this task will be something that’s simple and straightforward but that’s the whole point – by following the written check list every time, you can ensure that you don’t miss those crucial steps like ‘tightening the screws’ or ‘putting on your helmet’.
Studies have shown that when nurses walk doctors and surgeons through checklists, they are significantly less likely to make avoidable mistakes – even for procedures that they do on a regular basis and that they theoretically should find very easy.
At the very least, make sure that all team members perform critical tasks in pairs. The same goes for carrying heavy objects. Stop thinking about the fastest way to get things done with the fewest people and instead start thinking about the safest way to get things done.
In terms of maintenance, you should make sure that you are regularly checking all power tools, all heavy machinery and all equipment. It’s a common mistake to think it’s okay just to wait until something goes wrong but this of course results in more expensive damage and the chance of injury. Check everything regularly and that way you can make repairs before there is a critical failure at a serious moment.
It can be tempting to become a task master when you have a job to do and a deadline to finish it in. Unfortunately though, pushing your team too hard isn’t likely to result in the job getting done faster – it’s much more likely to result in accidents. As people get tired, they become much more likely to make mistakes that can lead to injury or property damage. If your staff have been working all day then, have the common sense to suggest a lunch break or to let them go home on time or early.
Likewise, keep up your team moral, make sure everyone is well fed and avoid continued sun exposure without a break. As a general rule, always try to follow the adage: ‘walk or sit – don’t wobble’. In other words, take the time out and supply the necessary breaks to ensure maximum productivity later on. Not only is this more efficient but it will also avoid the mistakes that lead to serious injuries.
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