Avoid Accidents at Work with a Building Site Safety Check
Recently on Money Bulldog we have published a couple of posts relating to what steps an employee should take in the event of an accident at work. What about employers though? What can they do to reduce the possibility of accidents like these from happening in the first place?
You should always feel safe at work. Making sure that your workplace is totally safe by doing some kind of a safety check is a good idea at least two or three times a year. There are several things you should investigate as a builder or building manager which have to do with site safety.
Alarms: Are your alarms all in good working order? Are they charged up with fresh batteries and are the batteries properly installed? If there is one thing most workplaces suffer from it is out of date smoke alarms, malfunctioning carbon monoxide detectors and other such things. These are all things which a conscientious employee could fix themselves around the space.
Lights: Yes all of your surfaces and walkways should be lit but are your emergency lamps similarly tended to? Do you have active and working bulbs in all of your emergency lights and have they been tested recently? It’s always wise to log in all of these tests so that you are not caught unawares.
Housekeeping: Is there a requisite amount of housekeeping being done in your common areas? Are there projects left out, half-finished which need tending to? If this is the case and some type of emergency does happen there is a very good chance that someone could wind up getting hurt.
Walking Surfaces: Another area to check is the walking surfaces; are these kept clean and tended to? Do you have a clear pathway in all of the common areas? Is there debris, dirt, dust, water, or other obtrusive things hindering you from getting to where you need to go?
Exits: Are there exits which are clearly and well-marked? Do you know where the nearest emergency exit is to your area? Can you, in the event of an emergency, do the right thing and help others as you help yourself? These are things which don’t come naturally for most; it is always wise to rehearse these emergencies so that we are all calm if one happens.
Evacuations: Have you practiced your evacuation drill? Is there a map clearly marked by the exits and in other intelligent areas so that you and your team can all get out in one piece? If you have thought of these things but haven’t implemented them, that’s never a good idea.
Fire Extinguishers: Are there working fire extinguishers in your area of the floor? Do you know where the nearest fire extinguishers are in your level? If you have to get to a fire extinguisher would you know how to operate one? These are all excellent questions which every able bodied individual on your level should be comfortable answering.
Combustibles: How are the papers and other combustibles on your floor? Are they prone to getting all over the place? If so you could be looking at a major workplace hazard.
Wiring: Another thing worth considering is the wiring. If you have got frayed wires all poking out all over the place and all leading to nowhere then that is a bad idea. If you have multiple extension cords lying around the floors of your office then this could be a sure fire way to an accidental fire if you and others are not exceedingly careful. It only takes one mistake!
When you’ve done your safety checks that doesn’t mean that you’re home free; accidents sadly do happen. Specialist firms like Express Solicitors can be of help if there is ever an accident at work. They can help you in terms of perspective and offering advice about what to do in the event of an accident at your workplace or building work site.