Did you know that falls are the number one danger on construction sites? Scaffolds, Ladders, un-finished site work all have a great deal of fall potential. Therefore construction workers must be acutely aware of these particular dangers. The safety of a temporary agency’s workers is of utmost importance to both the workers as well as the agency. Workers are an agency’s greatest investment. A loss of a worker is a loss of a resource. That is why reputable temporary staffing agencies providing construction staffing insure that their workers are well-trained in safety, for the betterment of both the agency and the skilled laborer.
OSHA (a “dreaded” to many employers) is an agency dedicated not only to protecting workers but to their employers as well. Workers and employers alike need to understand their rights and responsibilities under OSHA. Reputable staffing agencies train their members in hazard detection and safety. The dangers mentioned below and many others are real on construction job sites.
Safety training can include any or all of the following:
Dress/Uniforms – Workers in construction areas need to adhere to dress codes that are right for the conditions. Loose fitting clothes are hazardous on the job for construction workers. Clothing of this type can easily lead to falls or get caught in equipment. Shoes are another important consideration. To protect against nails and other sharp hazards on the ground, Thick-soled, Steel-toed shoes are a necessity.
Gear – Eye and Head protection are must on construction sites. Flying and falling debris are true hazards and need to be protected against. Depending upon the specific site demands, a colorful vest sis usually also a good idea.
Tools of the Trade – Construction also uses many specialized tools and pieces of machinery. This specialized equipment can have a great deal of hazard potential, from pinched fingers to fatalities. Workers must be aware of proper tool technique and safety precautions.
Companies need to make a strong investment in ongoing safety training. Because this training is provided by responsible staffing agencies, the risk of accidents is reduced and liability is reduced for the construction company. This in itself is a great reason for construction project leads and construction staffing agencies to develop strong partnerships.
Equally important to the success of this partnership is employees knowing their rights in the workplace. Workplaces need to keep a log of injuries, illnesses and a centrally located collection of MSDS (now, SDS) Documents. These documents, along with proper gear and safety training can dramatically cut the frequency lf dangerous accidents in the workplace. After training, a temporary construction worker should also be aware of rules and paperwork necessary to file a complaint, when necessary.
If you are looking for a construction staffing agency, go with one that offers the following traits… Government Compliance, Workers Comp, Health Care, Unemployment Insurance and one who makes the safety of the skilled workers #1.