Health on our construction projects
Over the last few years’ safety has improved on construction projects and there are fewer accidents and deaths. However, there is still much that can be done and which can be improved. Unfortunately much of the improvements have been focussed on the safety aspects on the project, yet sometimes there are bigger killers lurking out there. In this article I want to focus on some aspects which are neglected on construction projects.
The hidden killers
Construction companies need to take safety seriously. Poor safety costs money. However, construction companies also need to be aware of the hidden dangers that can kill, or at the very least which impact productivity. Management should show more empathy to their workers, be aware when workers appear to be acting differently, notice when things don’t appear right, and ensure that workers don’t work excessive hours. Sometimes workers need to be made aware of these hidden dangers which could be via posters and tool-box (tail-gate or pre-start) meetings. Where necessary counselling should be available for troubled workers. Avoid interrupting family time and provide sufficient time for workers to spend time with their family. Drug and alcohol abuse should not be tolerated.
Remember a happy and healthy worker will generally be a productive worker.
Have you been impacted by a colleague’s death due to one of these causes?
What other hidden killers are out there?
What will you do to combat some of these hidden killers?
This article is adapted from information in the author’s popular books: 'Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide' and 'Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide' and 'Construction Project Management: Tips and Insights'
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