Importance Of Safety In Construction

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The majority of accidents that take place on a construction site are often the result of unsafe acts and conditions which are preventable. The identification and elimination of hazards in the workplace is a direct way to reduce accidents and prevent fatalities from occurring. A construction company can achieve this with a well written and implemented a safety plan. It is important for a construction company to implement a widespread safety program because it gives the employees the skills needed to reduce accidents, illnesses, and deaths. Therefore, an extensive safety program should be the priority of a construction company because it prevents on-site accidents which affect not only the employee but also the non-injured employees and the company …show more content…
This fear is that they will receive a bad name amongst subcontractors meaning that no one will no longer want to work with them. However, it is important for the GC to stand their ground on safety standards and hold other subcontractors to the level they have set. If a subcontractor does not wish to work with the GC, it is for the best, because it ensures that everyone, including subcontractor employees, is working safely. As one subcontractor employee recalls when working with a new GC, there was an adjustment period, “but after a few weeks it just fits in [and you do what is policy]” (McDonald et al. 58) With a safety plan, the GC will be able to review the subcontractor’s attitude toward safety and see how they implement it into their daily tasks. If the GC selects an incompetent subcontractor who does not value safety, not only will that conflict with the standards set out by the GC, it will also make the GC liable to any accidents and deaths incurred by the subcontractor. Therefore, the GC should not lower their standards of safety to work with other …show more content…
With a safety plan, the company demonstrates to its employees that they are committed to their wellness. This, in turn, boosts employee morale and the overall morale of the job site. According to the Ethics Research Center, an employee’s morale level has an influence on the productivity and profitability of a project. A safety plan will help to positively increase the productivity level. Through researching medium to large size companies about safety plans, worker compensation, and safety concerns, Huang et al., found that the largest benefit of safety plans was an increase in productivity. The other benefits of a safety plan that they found were “reduced costs, greater retention of employees, and better employee/company

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