As an employer, you might think that implementing a safety program is costly; but, you would be surprised as to how low cost it is, to actually implement safe practices in the workplace. In addition to meeting OSHA compliance requirements, there are several reasons to implement a workplace safety program, on any construction site. In addition to laying out the safe work method statements for employees on the site, you can reduce various out of pocket expenses, by implementing these plans, plus you can keep employees safe.
Fewer injuries & possibility of death
Of course the most important reason to implement safety regulations is to keep workers safe. Brightly colored vests let people know construction is taking place, so they will be careful when approaching the site. Hard hats, steel toed boots, the use of safe chemicals, are all things that keep workers safe. Not only do these things limit the number of accidents, but they can even prevent deaths from occurring on dangerous job sites. Protecting the workers, results in a safer workplace, one where people are cautious, and one where accidents don't take place nearly as often.
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Reduce worker comp claims
Without certain regulations in place, people get hurt. Someone getting burnt with a hazardous chemical, because there is no rule about wearing protective gear, will result in a claim against your business. Not only will this, and other worker comp claims result in paying employees, when they are sick and out of work, it will also result in paying attorney fees, court costs, and other high costs associated with claims. And, even if the worker is partially at fault, if no regulations are in place, you are going to be seen as the guilty party, and will end up eating all of these costs.
Keep insurance prices down
When workers file claims, insurance costs rise. Your insurer is going to see your construction site as a place full of hazards. Not only when claims are filed, but when there are no regulations in place to keep workers safe. Insurance companies don't want to pay out claims, for this reason, they provide those with safety regulations and a danger free site, lower costs on their policy. Since there are fewer incidents, they are paying out fewer claims. By implementing a safety plan, not only will insurance rates go down each month, but you can possibly purchase more insurance, and fully protect your site, equipment, and all workers on site.
Minimize legal fees
Like court costs and attorney fees, legal fees will come along with the worker comp claims. Also, legal fees might be imposed if your construction site is deemed to be dangerous, or if you do not meet certain regulations in place by OSHA. And, with a large construction company and site, these fees can add up rather quickly, if you continually have to rely on your lawyers to get you out of trouble. So, consider the costs, and implications, by foregoing implementing a plan, because of the fact that you think it is going to cost too much up front.
Avoid the poor reputation
When workers are hurt on a daily, weekly, monthly, or even annual basis, a poor reputation will ensue. Not only will construction workers be fearful of working on your site, in fear of getting hurt, but companies will notice workplace injuries, and might not hire your crew to work on big projects. Spending a little up front, to make the site safe, is going to cost you far less than a poor reputation, and loss of contracts, due to the danger which is implied when working with your company.
Implementing workplace safety regulations, is something that will cost you some money up front. But, it is not as pricey as you would expect, and it is far less than the costs that will ensue, when you do not have a safety plan in place. So, as a construction site manager or owner, learn what is needed, how to keep workers safe, and what you should implement, to ensure all workers, and the site are safe. It will reduce complications, injuries, keep workers safe, and give you the peace of mind in knowing, work will get done in a timely fashion, and all workers are safe.