Construction projects present unique challenges that lead to potential injuries or poor work quality. The safety and quality of a job site can cause negative consequences especially when fatigue from prolonged hours worked or poor task design enter the mix. Some challenges include:
- Physically demanding work
- Long hours
- Constant changes to the project
- Tight schedules.
When schedules are tight and tasks are overloaded, workers are forced to take shortcuts. These shortcuts increase the risk of injury and may harm quality outcomes. Poor quality results in rework, increasing costs for more material, paying workers for repeat work, and loss of time.
Control efforts should first consider means of eliminating the risk. When this is not an option, efforts to reduce risks through engineering and administrative controls should be pursued. Best practices for safety and quality consist of:
- Complete work activities off the ground to eliminate the need to bend, squat, or kneel.
- Place scrap material directly into a container instead of on the ground to eliminate re-handling or re-work.
- Utilize carts and dollies for moving tools and material to avoid manually carrying them.
- Coordinate just-in-time deliveries to reduce double handling and the possibility of material being damaged or stolen.
- Label materials at the jobsite, using bar codes or color coding, to identify material placement.
Incorporating best practices at the pre-planning stage of a project offers the best results for reducing risks that may impact both safety and quality. For a full look at your safety and quality plan, contact Dina Marinaro for more information.