The progress of a construction project is often measured in a few key categories, namely scope, budget, schedule and sometimes quality. As a contractor project manager or construction principal, you’re expected to deliver your projects according to plan on time, under budget and according to a certain level of quality. One other benchmark for project progress should include safety. You have a responsibility to your crews, clients and subcontractors to make safety a priority on all your projects.
Playing It Safe
Job sites are often full of hazards and conditions that make them unsafe. From heavy equipment to power tools to dangerous places such as crawlspaces and platforms, you have to be proactive about safety in work zones:
- Personal protective equipment: Hard hats, steel-toe boots, safety goggles, etc.
- Comprehensive safety plan
- Construction site signage
- OSHA training for working in unsafe places
- Specialized training/certification to operate equipment
- Safety manager/auditor
Protecting Your Company
A complete risk management plan will account for safety as well as other operational risks. It’s incumbent upon you to buy insurance coverages that address hazards and potential claims. Workers’ compensation and general liability are two common products, but there may be other coverages necessary for the way you do business. Find a provider who can help you come up with a complete, customized plan.