Even though there is a lot of talk about safety these days, not everyone takes this topic seriously. Accidents continue to occur on construction sites everywhere, leaving companies with a number of issues to deal with. Here are just a few reasons why construction safety should be the top priority on any large building site.
We all know that accidents cost money, so it’s no surprise that this benefit is at the top of the list. Accidents can not only reduce the amount of profit you realize on your current project, but may also continue costing you money in the way of increased insurance premiums. The amount of lost time after an accident is something that can be very expensive to a construction company as well, particularly if the cost of materials also goes up during the interim.
Everyone has heard stories about a construction accident that wound up changing how they looked at a particular company. As such, one of the biggest reasons construction safety is so important is because you do not want to be “that company” that everyone is talking about. It only takes a split second for your reputation to be forever ruined, causing people to avoid having business dealings with you. On the other hand, if you have a reputation for being safe, your company is likely to be highly sought after because everyone will be talking about you in a positive manner.
Your construction project could be seriously delayed if there is an accident. Minor accidents could be halted temporarily, but larger ones could force the shutdown of your site for weeks or even months while an investigation is carried out. Needless to say, if this happens the odds of you being able to meet your original deadline are slim to none. It is easier to implement good construction safety practices than it is to reschedule your project because of something unfortunate. If you’ve ever had to reschedule a project due to an accident, this is a fact you know all too well.
Construction workers understand that there are some built-in hazards in their line of work. However, that does not mean they are happy about on-the-job accidents, as no one relishes the idea of being hurt at work. If construction safety is not one of your top priorities, your workers may worry excessively about becoming an accident victim. In the long run, this is likely to be devastating to employee morale, and may even affect productivity. In time, you could begin to notice a higher-than-average turnover rate or a dramatic increase in absenteeism.
As you can see, construction safety is important for a number of reasons. It is important to keep all of them in mind in order to ensure you never waver when it comes to implementing good safety practices. Your workers will appreciate your dedication to safety and so will your customers.