Improve Safety for New Hires with These Strategies

//Improve Safety for New Hires with These Strategies

Improve Safety for New Hires with These Strategies

Workplace fatalities are on the rise as the demand for construction projects climbs. Now is the time to shore up your safety processes and procedures to keep on-the-job injuries low. Here are four strategies to improve safety for new hires.

Safety Orientation Sessions

To reduce on-the-job injuries, it is important to hold safety orientation sessions for all new hires, including full-time employees, part-time employees, and temporary employees. The safety orientation should overview company polices and expectations for work rules and conduct. The orientation should identify the full range of workplace hazards and discuss strategies to minimize risks. Trainees should be tested to ensure they can identify common and uncommon risks associated with construction projects.

Buddy System

A buddy system will also improve worker safety. During orientation, assign each new hire an experienced employee to serve as a safety mentor. For the first month, the mentor should supervise and guide their buddy and help them understand how to perform their responsibilities safely. After the first month, the mentor should evaluate the new hire’s progress and verify that the new hire is ready to safely work independently. If they aren’t ready after the first month, continue the buddy system until they prove themselves.

Pocket Safety Guides

Another way to improve safety is to create pocket guides for your new hires. Every task that a new hire could be assigned should have its own safety guide. You should make it a requirement that employees keep their safety guides on them at all times. Employees should be required to orally explain the safe way to complete each of the tasks associated with their position upon request.

Color-Coded Badges

Color-coded badges are another great idea. The badges should identify each employee’s level of training and what equipment they have the certifications to operate. Using a color-coded system makes the badges easy for your team members to read and easy for others to identify. Every worker on a given project should have a badge, even if they are subcontractors. These badges will ensure that workers are assigned tasks they have the ability to complete safely.

Although construction fatalities are rising in part from the increasing demand of construction projects, there are steps you can take to keep your new hires safe on the job. Safety orientations, a buddy system, safety pocket guides, and color-coded badges can all help reduce the number of on-the-job injuries during construction jobs.


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By | 2019-11-26T07:59:04-05:00 November 26th, 2019|Construction Blog|

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The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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