The construction industry is one of the most dangerous businesses there is. Tens of thousands of construction workers are injured or killed every year in accidents on site. Sadly, many of these accidents are the result of carelessness or ignoring safety regulations. They can be avoided with just a bit of care.
That’s why it’s so essential to keep your workers properly trained and stress the importance of safety regulations. Learn how to avoid these 4 most common construction site violations, and how the right surety bonding agency can help to cover your liability when the worst happens.
Construction Site Violations
Construction site violations of safety rules are far too common on job sites across the nation, and they have resulted in over 20,000 accidents reported to OSHA in the past few years alone. OSHA, in response, has raised the maximum penalty for these violations. It’s more important than ever to guard against these dangers on the job site.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents in 2014 accounted for almost 360 deaths out of almost 900 reported. Most of these are the result of safety violations. It’s important to use the proper safety equipment and scaffolding, secure your workers with harnesses, and do everything you can to reduce falling hazards on the job site.
Too many construction companies hire workers without putting them through proper safety training. This lack of training can be seen as a way to save money, but in truth, the accidents that result from improper training on equipment and procedures cost far more than a few days’ worth of information and courses.
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment, or P.P.E., is essential to your workers’ safety. Hardhats, work gloves, eye and face protection and hazard suits are vital to keeping your workers safe on the job site. Make sure that you’re aware of the kind of work your job requires, and the proper equipment people need to stay safe in the face of that work.
Job sites can be large and noisy places, and when an accident does happen, the right effective means of communication is essential to mitigate the damage that happens. The ability to call for help when the unthinkable happens can make the difference between an injury and a death. Make sure that you have effective and open channels of communication to protect your workers from the dangers they face.
The Right Surety Bonding Agency
When an accident happens, it can shut down your entire work site. This can leave you with losses in the millions of dollars if you can’t cover it. That’s why working with the right surety bonding agency is important. A surety bond will cover your losses in case you can’t complete a job, from paying workers to compensating your client.
If you’re in need of bonding for your next construction job, NSSI can help. Contact us today to find out how our fast and easy bonding process can get you up and running.