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A health and safety program can help avoid construction accidents

Posted by Karl Silverberg | Sep 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Even losing workers for a brief period of time can damaging and costly for a company. In addition to lost productivity, avoidable accidents can also be harmful to a company's reputation, workplace morale, and can result in litigation.

One of the most effective strategies to safeguard your commercial construction company and its workers is to create a health and safety program. This is a proactive strategy that focuses on identifying and correcting workplace hazards before they result in accidents, illness, injuries and lawsuits.

How to start a health and safety program

Whether you're a newer company that's never had a health and safety program or an established business that's just a little behind on health and safety  here are five actions to get things started:

  • Prioritize: When creating a corporate culture, it is important to set health and safety as a priority.
  • Be an example: Working safely and healthily begins at the top. Everyone needs to be involved from owners, managers, office personnel, supervisors, tradesmen and helpers. Lead by example.
  • Develop a reporting system: Information is key when being proactive and this information needs to be communicated. Having a reporting system where workers can anonymously report potential workplace hazards can help.
  • Increase safety training: Training everyone in the company on current safe practices can help to educate all involved about potential dangers.
  • Have inspections: Regular safety audits and inspections can help to make sure that the health and safety program is being followed.

Not all accidents are avoidable. However, having a properly implemented health and safety program can be a proactive way to avoid unnecessary problems and to show workers that the company cares for their wellbeing. 

If a commercial construction company is facing litigation or fines, it can be beneficial to have professional guidance that is experienced in New York construction.  

About the Author

Karl Silverberg

Karl Silverberg Contact Me: (631) 778-6077 Email me Practice Areas: Construction Law Biography Prior to law school, Mr. Silverberg worked as a professional engineer, and has eight years of experience working as a structural engineer on public sector transportation projects. Mr. Silver...


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