Make Commercial Construction Safety a Priority in 2020

//Make Commercial Construction Safety a Priority in 2020

Make Commercial Construction Safety a Priority in 2020

As a brand-new decade begins, it’s a good time to make safety a top priority within your construction firm. The talent shortage continues to be a major issue in the field, and this shortage has affected workplace safety. January is the perfect time to take stock of the safety protocols you have and reevaluate your safety training programs. Here are some tips to make commercial construction safety a priority in 2020 in your workplace.

Annual Training

While it is customary to train new employees in construction safety, companies should have training sessions annually. They should also consider hold a training session when circumstances change that could affect safety, such as the start of a new project or the introduction of new technology. Even your more established employees benefit from annual safety training. In most cases, technology and procedures change from one year to the next. Plus, most of your team members can benefit simply from having consistent reminders. In a field like commercial construction, the safety of your team needs to be your top priority.

Invest in Wearable Technology

There is a new type of wearable technology that signals to construction workers through vibrations when they’re near potentially dangerous heavy machinery. Vibrations vary in duration and intensity so employees can know the location of machinery even when their eyes are closed. Construction sites can be hectic so it is hard for most people to pay attention to the sounds and sights around them 100% of them, so having the addition of tactile input can make a real difference.

Artificial Intelligence

One of the biggest trends in construction safety is artificial intelligence-based prediction tools. These tools analyze location, work hours, project timelines, manpower, RFIs, and other data to assess risk factors and evaluate the degree of workplace safety. Predictive tools are especially important right now because the current shortage of skilled labor in the industry has changed the nature of work in construction. By understanding historical factors that contributed to work site injuries and studying current trends, AI can help reduce preventable safety incidents.

The beginning of the new year is a good time for companies to make employee safety a top priority. In commercial construction, we still see some accidents that are completely preventable. Annual training sessions, wearable technology, and predictive tools can all improve construction safety. Let’s make reducing safety incidents a top priority this year.

 

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By | 2020-01-08T10:08:06-05:00 January 9th, 2020|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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