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Why Safety Education Is Important At Construction Sites

Why Safety Education Is Important At Construction Sites

Jan 13 2021 at 17:11

Among all the different jobs in different industries, a construction worker is one of the most dangerous. In Singapore, Ministry of Manpower released a report that stated drivers, security guards, cleaners and construction workers were the most prone to injuries by being susceptible to trips, falls, and slips. Despite many safety precautions and measures that are being put in place at construction sites, accidents can still happen.

The best way to prevent this from happening is by providing construction workers with the appropriate safety training. This way, you will not only prevent accidents from happening but ensure that the workers will not face any danger when they are on-site. These safety trainings can be provided through multiple different methods, such as case studies, role play, practical training, Q&A sessions, online certification courses, and many more.

Key benefits of safety training

  • Basic awareness of safety protocols
  • Identification of any risks or hazards
  • Implementing an Effective Safety Management Plan
  • Learning the responsibilities and roles of supervisors and line managers
  • Understand the importance of permits, ventilation, exposure limit, and monitoring methods
  • Reducing injuries at workplace with prevention methods
  • Improve the safety culture within the organisation

The construction industry is the most critical part of the manufacturing sector as it is an integral part of infrastructure development, which is essential to Singapore's economy. While the development of technology has advanced quickly, labour is still necessary at a construction site.

Hence, as construction workers are the most susceptible of all unskilled and unorganised labour, they are exposed to severe OSHE (Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment). Thus, organisations should take a step forward in providing the proper training to construction workers so that they can reduce the rate of accidents on-site.

Importance of workplace safety

Workplace safety is also one of the most critical factors in ensuring that a worker is safe when working at a construction site. Some key aspects of workplace safety include eye and face protection, fall protection, safety training, head protection, aerial lifts, using portable ladders that do not extend 3 feet above the landing, and many others. 

On the other hand, it may also mean equipping yourself with new knowledge or skills through courses. For instance, the 5S Techniques course is crucial for workers in the manufacturing sector. It properly educates individuals on how to maintain a clean, tidy workplace, ensure self-discipline, decluttering of items, alongside other important pointers that should be followed while working in the manufacturing industry.

How working at height training can help workers

There are various different height training that is conducted on a national and international basis. In these courses, the workers will learn about the techniques to work on different heights. Specifically, the Work At Height course emphasises on knowing how to carry out the height-risk assessment, monitoring, and safe use access equipment to ensure that workers can reduce the risk of falling from tall heights, adopt protective and preventive measures, and learn about rescue procedures in the events of an emergency.

These courses can greatly benefit workers as they will be able to gain extensive knowledge, skills, and experience that are necessary to set up equipment for safe use and operation at tall heights. They can also further learn about identifying risks in the workplace and reduce or eliminate any risk of severe or fatal injuries. 

Moreover, through these courses, managers and supervisors will be able to learn about proactive measures to reduce any likelihood of an industrial injury for construction workers. They can also set up a safe platform for their employees, and most importantly, encourage workers to take steps to avoid, prevent, or reduce the risk of falling from heights.