Let’s be blunt; we’re all responsible for our own safety, right? Jobsite safety has a negative ROI, so project management really does not want to spend much time or money on it. Isn’t it just common sense to, for example, wear protective googles when using a nail gun? The workers, who are often pressured to complete the job in the shortest possible time, often don’t want to bother with it. Perhaps workers don’t want to take the time to look for the safety googles, or they’ve been doing this for so long that they don’t want to change.
On occasion construction safety can get really expensive for all sides of a project bringing delays, losses and stress. Let’s see how expensive it can really get according to a recent article by Julie Copeland of Arbill.com displaying an annual net total cost of each cause.
Cost (In Billions)
Falls on Same Level
Falls to Lower Level(s)
Struck by Object or Equipment
Other Exertions or Bodily Reactions
Roadway Incidents Involving Motorized Land vehicle
Slip or Trip Without Fall
Caught in/Compressed by Equipment or Objects
Struck Against Object or Equipment
Repetitive Motions Involving Micro Tasks
There are a few basics steps that a project manager can take to address the issue of construction safety: make sure that his crews and contractors strictly adhere to all safety regulations, keep morale up regardless of the workload and look into new technologies available to help with the task.
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