Top Five Safety Concerns For The AEC Industry In 2017
Professionals in the AEC industry are exposed to a plethora of obvious as well as unforeseen dangers in and out of the office. From a slippery floor to heavy equipment, risk takes many forms in the AEC industry.
Here are our Top Five Safety Concerns for the AEC Industry in 2017:
Accidents happen when you least expect them especially when tasks become routine. When employees feel over-confident, they’re more likely to overlook potential hazards on a site or in the office. It’s important to remain open-minded and alert at all times. To combat complacency, regularly communicate best practices to employees regardless of experience or tenure. Consistent communication will help keep safety top-of-mind.
One of the most effective ways to improve a safety culture and prevent injuries is to optimize safety-related communication throughout an organization. When employees regularly communicate in an open, respectful manner, they are more willing to give and receive feedback. This effective communication, in return, supports teamwork and coordination between teams and groups. Employees learn about, and become part of an organizations’ s safety culture through communication.
Accountability may be thought of as the condition of being held liable or answerable for one’s safety performance. An employee’s sense of accountability is a felt, internal condition, or effect caused by knowledge that failure to achieve standards of performance may lead to an undesired consequence. Successful accountability exists when appropriate behavior is objectively evaluated and results in effective consequences. Without accountability, the continuation of unsafe practices is likely to continue. When accountability is present within a safety culture, employees are more likely to identify and mitigate unsafe conditions.
4. Slips, Trips, and Falls
Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. 38% of work-related deaths in 2015 were due to falls. Approximately 60% of all falls happen on the same level – an employee tripping or slipping and falling to the ground. Ranging in severity from minor to fatal, the more your team discusses the hazards associated with slips, trips, and falls, the better they’ll be at identifying and avoiding those hazards.
5. Insects Bites – Ticks, Bees, and More
Whether the project is outdoors or indoors, there is the risk for exposure to insects. This risk, unfortunately, is challenging due to lack of control over the hazard – the insects. There isn’t a perfect solution for eliminating exposure to insects, but you may want to educate regularly on preventative tips to reduce risk of incidents involving insects. Educating employees on safety hazards big and small may be key in developing a successful safety program and culture.
To combat the risk associated with our industry and to help us adapt to our changing environment, Gateway Engineers has a dynamic safety program that includes everyone in the company. Gateway Engineers’ Safety System helps each employee to identify and react appropriately to risks in his or her work environment. Since its inception, Gateway Engineers’ Safety System has fostered a safety-focused culture allowing the company to maintain a 0.00 Total Recordable Incident Rate for over two years.