More than six million construction workers labor at roughly 250,000 American construction sites every day. There, accidents are frequently caused by simple things like code violations.
How to Avoid Causing Code Violations
Minimizing or completely avoiding code violations is a three-step process that involves education and training. Job sites that fail to comply can put themselves at risk for injuries, lawsuits and expensive fines as well.
Whether you own an old or new construction company, educating workers about their roles and responsibilities is a sound business practice that can increase efficiency and safety.
From a cement mixer to a circular saw, every piece of equipment comes with specific rules and regulations to learn.
Contractors must devote time and attention to actively create an environment where safety is a priority for construction workers.
- Hold training sessions whenever new workers and/or supervisors are hired.
- Document who has attended each training session.
Safety is not accomplished by education and attitude alone. Equipment must not cause code violations either.
- Get construction equipment inspected to insure it meets all requirements.
- Document proof of inspection and date of inspection.
- Follow up with repairs or replacement of substandard equipment.
3) Know the Law
Construction law varies from state to state and municipality to municipality. However, certain central safety procedures, like fire escape routes, remain the same. Wherever a job site is located, keeping track of things like appropriate signage and first-aid facilities benefits everyone.