It can be annoying when the county, state or federal government mandates a new volley of additional regulations that demand more control over how we run our operation. Those of us in business like to think that we know what we’re doing. However, there’s an old saying, “No man is an island.” And when it comes to business, especially in today’s political environment, the more you know, the better you can prepare for, and hopefully prevent, adverse events that could possibly injure someone and possibly destroy your business. For example: If one of your employees is injured, your business is going to be scrutinized through a microscope by a myriad of government agencies – not to mention an attorney representing the injured employee.
We’re not talking about a splinter here. A permanent spinal injury can destroy an employee’s life and yours too. Unless you do everything in your power to mandate and enforce safety policies and procedures your business may be at risk when an employee is seriously injured.
Here are a few common-sense suggestions:
- Don’t send a novice to work on a roof.
- When working on a roof make sure your employees are wearing safety harnesses.
- Every employee should be supplied with safety glasses, safety clothing, ear protection and breathing masks. And they should be taught the importance of using them.
- Construction employees should be required to wear steel-toed boots.
- Ladders should be approved for the weight of the individuals using them.
- Scaffolding should be equipped with safety railings.
- Nails should be removed or bent over anywhere demolition is being performed.
- Cleanliness is next to Godliness. A clean job is a safer job.
- And, finally, have a safety meeting with your crew for at least one hour each and every week.
Remember, the onus of a safe working environment is on you. No one wants to see someone injured. Do your best to prevent accidents. The value of doing so will be returned in spades.