Construction workers face a set of unique safety challenges in their respective workplaces. Whether it's due to heavy duty machinery or environmental risks such as poor air quality, employees within this dangerous industry must be properly trained in order to avoid serious accidents. Part of that training means understanding how to comply with new regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
One new regulation that is aimed specifically at construction companies concerns their workers' environment. Confined working spaces increase the risk that employees are exposed to. These tight quarters can make it difficult for employees to have access to emergency exits, avoid exposure to chemicals and electrical hazards or properly utilize personal protection equipment.
"In the construction industry, entering confined spaces is often necessary, but fatalities like these don't have to happen," said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. "This new rule will significantly improve the safety of construction workers who enter confined spaces. In fact, we estimate that it will prevent about 780 serious injuries every year." That projection illustrates the impact of safety training.
Construction education is a powerful resource when it comes to equipping a staff with the knowledge they need to perform their responsibilities in a safe manner. OSHA safety programs also empower employees to make more informed decisions at their jobs. Behavior-based safety training is one way to improve a staff's ability to avoid dangerous accidents.
Safety Advantage LLC offers an abundance of resources for construction companies that hope to improve their ability to adhere to OSHA regulations. Compliance management systems are one tool that can be used to mitigate risk. In doing so, a company can lessen the toll that accidents have on its ability to function.