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Critical Summer Safety Tips for Property Developers

Written by Posted On Sunday, 14 April 2019 22:09

In much of the nation, the majority of construction takes place in late spring through summer months and maybe into early autumn days because that’s when weather is most conducive to working outdoors. That’s a given. However, that is also a time of year when the sun and heat can cause another set of issues. If you are a property developer breaking ground on a new commercial or residential development, it’s time to take another look at summer safety for your teams out on the job. Here are some of the most important safety tips to be aware of for their protection – and yours!

Follow Federal Regulations to Ensure Maximum Safety

Although it can be more than a bit frustrating dealing with federal, state, and even local regulations on construction sites, it’s important to understand why they are there! While some of their regulations pertaining to fall protection gear are only common sense to prevent serious injuries, others like regulations regarding on-site restrooms can be a bit more obscure. You wouldn’t be in business if you didn’t know that you are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, and so you must be in compliance on all job sites.

Unfortunately, rules change over time as new needs arise which makes following OSHA on a construction site critical if you want to be compliant. Whether you are looking at regulations on toilet facilities on a construction site or fall protection, it is imperative that you stay current as legislation changes. Not only will you be better able to protect your crew from serious injury, but you can safeguard your bottom line as well. One citation can cost you more than you are making on that job!

Beat the Heat

Since construction will be taking place during the hottest months in the year, it is vital to safeguard your crews against temperatures that often rise into the triple digits. Sunstroke can be lethal, so take precautions to ensure your workers and any subcontractors have adequate protection. This would include:

  • Keep water handy at all times.
  • Allow breaks as needed for the facilities and hydration.
  • Encourage workers to stay rested and healthy on and off the job.
  • Safety gear is a must but garments should be lightweight and breathable.
  • Avoid wandering in and out of air conditioning.
  • Be on the lookout for heat stress symptoms.
  • Keep your head covered at all times when in direct summer sunlight.

These are just common sense tips but you’d be amazed at just how many workers fail to observe them! It is your job as the developer or general contractor to be vigilant when on the job.

The Buck Stops with You

As former president Harry S. Truman is renowned for saying, “The buck stops here.” You are the boss and so it is ultimately your responsibility to make all critical decisions and be willing to accept responsibility for any decisions being made. Never is this more important on a job than seeing to the safety of your crews. Follow OSHA guidelines and regulations and if you should find those lacking, go the extra mile. Protect your crew and they will keep you in business. It’s really just as simple as that from a business perspective, but ethically? It’s the right thing to do!

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