Most workers and employers do not fully understand why they have to abide by stringent safety construction guidelines. Not knowing the benefits of observing safety measures may eventually lead to work-related injuries or worse, death.
This is why you need to assess the risks and benefits of following safety guidelines. Here are a few of them:
Keeping a Strong Reputation
Many workers have second thoughts about applying at companies that do not provide fair compensation packages and safe working environments. By establishing mutual relationships with your employees, you can be certain that you are providing safe and quality work area. Spend a few minutes to know a little bit of your employees’ personal lives whenever you have the chance. You may not know it, but this could lead to a better, lighter atmosphere in the workplace. Also, using Take 5 hazard assessment tools and other safety practices can help you maintain a strong branding for the company. You wouldn’t want to be tagged as one of the infamous companies that neglect safety procedures in favour of saving a few dollars.
Reduce Costs of Health Assistance
In the case of construction accidents, you are liable to provide financial assistance to your employees who acquired injuries in the work site. In fact, according to Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, Australia 2014 by Safe Work Australia, there are 132,570 workers’ compensation claims for serious work-related injuries or illnesses in 2010 to 2011.
Keep in mind that you are also responsible for paying government penalties, and fulfilling safety sanctions like the suspension of the company’s operations. After such accidents, the accountability of providing counselling sessions to the victims rests upon the company. Apart from money, there are consequences to negligence: loss of trust, injured employees, or even loss of lives.
Increased Efficiency and Productivity
According to statistics, thousands of workers die from occupational diseases, while several hundred thousand workers are injured at work. By observing safety guidelines, the company would not lose millions of working days to work-related illnesses and injuries. You can maximize your workforce efficiently and reach the target completion dates by keeping them from health hazards, and potential risks.
By ensuring a safe working environment, you can avoid the risks of high productions costs due to work-related injuries and most importantly, loss of life. Being one of the most dangerous industries, the construction business should be observing strict safety procedures to avoid incidents, and to reach maximum productivity.