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Improving safety on construction sites

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

Construction work is among the most hazardous occupations. Many construction workers are injured every year in Georgia and across the country, and some of the injuries prove to be fatal. On-site supervisors should play a greater role to emphasize safety on the job.

According to research that was conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, construction contractors continue to contend with labor shortages. Taking steps to improve the safety culture can increase worker retention rates and prevent injuries from happening. Among the contractors who participated in the study, 83% said that safety programs should include supervisors that have strong leadership abilities in emphasizing safety. Another 82% said that safety programs should include regular safety meetings, and 77% said that workers should be provided with ongoing safety training opportunities.

The study found that 73% of the contractors rely on their site supervisors or job foremen to provide safety training to their workers. The researchers emphasized the importance of contractors making sure that their supervisors can encourage a culture of safety through their leadership skills. They also recommended that contractors create site-specific safety plans and encourage the workers to promptly report hazards that they discover and provide input about safety at their workplace.

A culture of safety at construction sites starts from the top. Supervisors play a crucial role in helping to prevent accidents. They should be thoroughly trained in safe practices and make sure that their workers are also regularly trained.

The importance of working with a local and experienced lawyer

People who are injured at construction sites are generally entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits, but the claims process can be confusing. They might find it advisable to entrust these matters to a hands-on and accessible lawyer like Steven L. Morgan Attorney At Law. Contact Steven directly via email or by calling 912-289-0640.