3 less obvious steps to lowering your accident rate

Stringent on-site health and safety measures can protect your workers first and foremost, but also care for your business by reducing absence, protecting your reputation, retaining staff and maintaining productivity.

Best practices around training, the right equipment and signage are all a given when working on a construction site, but what of the overlooked risks which could be contributing to an accident waiting to happen?

Here are three things to consider on top of the obvious health and safety measures:

1. Don’t get complacent
When we become familiar with processes and used to surroundings, we can let our guard down. As a result, activities which should be safe with the right level of attentiveness, like operating an excavator, can become dangerous for the driver and those around them.
Arrange morning or weekly meetings to remind workers of the importance of vigilance, and look into more attention-grabbing signs which focus on complacency in particular.

2. Offer support
Working away from home for weeks at a time away from their close network, depression has been found to be high amongst construction workers. The Centre of Mental Health estimates that suicides are 10 times higher than other work-related fatalities.
If one of your workers is repeatedly operating in a lax manner which is conducive to an accident, it’s important to understand why. Take them aside for a private chat to make sure they’re ok.

Tiredness or stress could be affecting their work performance, so see if there’s a lower risk role they could be doing until they’re feeling capable of taking on more demanding work.

3. Be transparent
Hold yourself accountable for any accidents which do take place on your site by publishing statistics. Attempting to hide the number of incidents on your site won’t do your reputation any good and knowing that you’re sharing this information is an incentive to avoid furnishing it with new figures.

On top of all the other benefits that come with an excellent track record, you could see a more attractive premium rate on your construction insurance.

For further information, contact the Chartered brokers at Hine Insurance on 0161 438 0000.

Andy Guy
Andy Guy

Hi there! I'm Andy, I'm the Head of Charity and Faith Insurance at Hine Insurance with over 30 years experience.

In my spare time, I'm a trustee of a church and I enjoy walking and getting to grips with the garden.

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