5 Ways Construction Companies Can Make Their Employees’ Workplace Better

Aside from being one of the most dangerous places to work, construction sites also provide one of the least conducive working areas. Manual laborers are exposed to hot, cold, wet, noisy, and polluted workplaces without the luxuries enjoyed by corporate employees like offices, computers, and even chairs. If you’re a construction or project manager and fails to notice those needed improvements in your construction site, it would only mean decreased worker productivity.

Here are 5 ways construction companies can implement to make their employee’s workplace better:

  1. Ensure regular health and safety training and refreshers for all managers and employees

Health and safety training will never be absent in any construction scene. Although training is an intangible factor and is usually administered before starting the construction works, its benefits are felt all throughout the project’s duration. If your employees are healthy and if they feel safe at the workplace, it translates to better productivity.

Health and safety training usually starts from the management level and are subsequently passed down to workers. In the UK, companies like Goldcross offer programs like the Site Management Safety Training Scheme or SMSTS course which are primarily designed to educate project managers, supervisors, and company owners on managing their on-site health and safety standards according to government rules and regulations.

  1. Build or Install welfare facilities for employees

Another way to improve the construction workplace is to build or install welfare facilities for your employees. What are these facilities? Common examples include: provision for sleeping quarters, sanitary or washing facilities, a small clinic or a stand-by medical personnel, recreation or the “stress-relief” facilities, etc. These are little and even basic things which you can add to the construction site, but they mean allot to employees especially when talking about convenience.

  1. Devise a new or improve your on-site’s system of communication

Communication is a hardship in construction especially when all the machineries are working simultaneously. Noise can affect all the ongoing activities on site not to mention that it can produce risks to workers. There are also instances when project managers and supervisors have a different language from local employees or workers. In these instances, you might want to implement a universal or unique communication system which everyone on the site could understand.  

  1. Use safe, properly functioning, and ergonomic tools and equipment

Tools and equipment are meant to get the job done quickly and reduce the burden of manual laborers. If you have old, dilapidated, and constantly breaking-down machineries and equipment at your construction site, your employees will certainly be disappointed. It’s risky, inefficient, and can even make things worse for your workers. So before starting the work, ensure that all equipment and machineries are overhauled and are working properly. You might also want to provide tools which are ergonomically designed, still for the benefit of your workers.

  1. Identify, mark, or eliminate hazards

The presence of hazards can certainly differentiate your workplace from good to bad. Site or project managers need to identify all the possible hazards which can risk employees and the public. Examples include the search for and elimination of toxic chemicals before construction. On the other hand, there are hazards which can’t be totally eliminated like those associated with the construction work itself or to the equipment and machineries. For these given hazards, it’s important to mark them and inform workers through warning signs and reminders.

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