Every job comes with hazards; these hazards are many in construction. Simple tasks must be guided during the renovation or construction of hotels. During construction, contractors and clients should consider safe operations. Usually, they take responsibility when the project workers encounter an on-site accident. In this article, you’ll learn about some safety policies in the construction industry.
The Importance of a Safety Policy
In project management, safety policies are top priorities for managers and other employees. The safety policy document is a set of codes, and laws that regulate workers can avoid hazards. Usually, the construction industry has procedures for implementing these safety policies. It’s important to be conscious of on-site accidents. However hazard prevention systems and HSSE (health, safety, security, and environment) policies can minimize the damage.
According to HSSE practice, the building and construction industry has the highest rate of work accidents. When accidents occur because of hazards, it doesn’t choose its victim. So, an employer or employee could be exposed to serious safety risks.
When you maintain good health and safety practices during construction, it can save unnecessary costs. You also need to be in clean and good shape. That doesn’t mean you need to blow wave your hair every day before work, but you have to be fresh. That said, I’ve seen some women with new fancy gel nails at construction sites and it just doesn’t work. Generally, it’s a standard practice for contractors to get insurance cover. During a disruption of a hotel construction project, an insurance cover takes care of the liabilities. Also, a safety policy protects construction workers and visitors from potential hazards.
Usually, on-site workers and visitors are inducted (trained) before they can access areas of the site. Some of these training for construction workers include safe handling and dispose of chemicals. Other aspects include resuscitation, the lifting of large tools, first aid box applications, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). This orientation increases the knowledge of safety practices in hotel construction sites.
Get a Hotel Health and Safety Checklist
Apart from the policy documents and checklist, there are HSSE procedures for every industry. Contractors can design customized accidents and other health prevention systems for hotel construction projects. Also, hotel managements and HSSE regulators can prevent workplace injuries like burns, sprains, and collisions. Usually, the effect of workplace negligence might affect the timeline of constructing a hotel building. So, here’s an HSSE checklist that identifies potential risks.
Basic Information for the Checklist
- Hotel details
- Name of hotel
- Address of hotel
- Period of construction
- Type of construction
- Name(s) of Contractor(s)
- Number of floors, suites, and basements
- Name of HSSE Manager
- Number of man-hours completed
- Number of accidents and near misses
Some Common Accidents That Occur During Construction
It’s the responsibility of managers, and supervisors to penalize defaulters of safety policies. A worker that fails to comply with safety regulations can be asked to leave the site. Here are some common accidents and hazardous incidents in the construction industry.
- Electrical shocks from power tools
- Fall injuries from scaffolds, ladders, and cranes
- Accidents from lifting heavy tools and materials
- Improper conducts from alcohol and substance abuse
- Falls from uneven or slippery surfaces
- Accidents from earth-moving machines, chainsaws, and angle grinders.
- Fire from electrical wires, or combustible materials
- fractures, injuries, and loss of limbs
Methods of Conducting Safety Audits
Your HSSE policy is incomplete with considering safety audits. Contractors and inspectors evaluate the hotel construction project and provide safety audit reports. Apart from minimizing risk and hazards, your safety audit can save the costs of implementing a project. These are some safety audit methods that can reduce workplace hazards.
- Inaugurate the safety audit team
- Review the safety policy document, and check for obsolete processes
- Hold interviews with on-site workers
- Observe the construction process
- Send recommendations to the management and regulators
- Add substantiated references
- The hotel’s management, contractors, project, and safety manager should implement the recommendations.