In this video, Jim explains conditions that make construction job sites unique in terms of managing the safety and health of employees who work on construction projects.
- Construction is a large and very diverse industry. We build new and unique projects all over the world in this continuing effort to improve our living conditions and meet our ever evolving needs. In construction our site conditions can change every day or even hour to hour. A construction worker may be very well aware of the hazards of their particular trade, and they might be well trained in how to mitigate and manage those hazards. But the conditions under which they perform that work might also change dramatically on a daily basis, presenting them with hazards that are new or that they don't understand.
Even just getting to an assigned work station or work area could present a unique set of hazards than an individual may or may not be trained and equipped to handle. Think about it, do you have to climb several ladders to get to your work area, or you are you supposed to use a temporary stair tower to get from level to level? What about that construction elevator? Are you supposed to use that? Construction is a unique industry. In manufacturing you tend to work at a fixed work station inside a fixed location building one item over and over.
Your conditions, even though they may be challenging, tend not to change from day to day. But in construction we get tasked with building a new structure of facility in a new location and we often assemble a team of people that's new and different from the last project. All of this makes construction exciting and challenging as we learn to navigate these constantly changing conditions and become adept at managing our work and our processes and our job sites.
But it can also lead to disaster when we're not aware of what's happening around us and how it can affect each of us and our coworkers. Now if you're new to the industry I strongly encourage you to watch our construction management foundations course here in the online library. It breaks down the processes and players involved in the construction industry to give you a better understanding of what's happening on site and why. In this course we'll review some of the hazards that are common to almost all job sites and we'll also look at strategies to manage these hazards.
And we'll do so taking into account safety, quality, and productivity. I understand that we have to get the job done, believe me, I've spent years making sure my people are getting the job done and keeping our clients happy. But I've also learned that people are not productive when they don't feel safe. And, more importantly, I've learned that the best time to plan a solution to a problem is way before we encounter that problem out in the field.
With that in mind, let's move on and take a look at some of the safety challenges that we face on our construction sites.
Throughout this course, Jim highlights some of the most notable safety and health hazards in the industry—including fall hazards, traffic accidents, and respiratory hazards—and shares strategies for integrating safety, quality, and productivity. He also explains how to leverage technological advancements such as digital drawings to help your team work safer and smarter.
- Recognizing health hazards in the industry
- Integrating safety, quality, and productivity
- Creating a culture of learning
- Recognizing leading indicators
- Using digital solutions to improve safety
- Using BIM to identify hazards early