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It’s important for young people starting out in construction to understand how to stay safe at work. Young workers lack experience and might not know about all the hazards yet, which could put them in danger of getting hurt. Sometimes young people might feel like they have to impress others, or they might think they’re better at the job than they actually are, they may also forget about safety rules or be afraid to speak up if something seems unsafe. Because of this young workers have additional needs and should be supervised when working on-site. 

Positive safety culture onsite comes from the top down, supervisors should be actively modeling and training young workers about safety rules, make sure they have the right gear, and encourage them to speak up if they see any problems. 

There are some jobs that young workers shouldn’t do because they might not have enough experience or strength yet. Supervisors need to make sure young workers can handle their tasks and keep an eye on them until they are sure they are able to do the work safely. Young workers also need to think about their own safety, listen to instructions and follow safety rules.

When everyone works together to stay safe, it helps make sure everyone goes home safely at the end of the day.

Now, let’s delve deeper into some specific measures that can be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of young workers in the construction industry:

  1. Comprehensive training: Employers should provide thorough training. This training should cover specific job duties and safety procedures, hazard identification and emergency protocols. By giving young workers the necessary knowledge and skills, employers can empower them to work safely and confidently.  Basic health and safety should be incorporated into their training from the start, and ongoing support should be provided to address any gaps in understanding. Regular check-ins to gauge their comprehension and comfort with procedures and equipment are essential.
  2. Clear communication: Good communication is key to creating a safe work environment. Employers should clearly communicate safety expectations and procedures to young workers, making sure that they understand their responsibilities and know how to respond in different situations. Young people often have fresh perspectives and questions that can lead to improvements. Encouraging them to voice their ideas can contribute significantly to a safer workplace for everyone. 
  3. Supervision and mentorship: Experienced workers can play a vital role in guiding and mentoring on construction sites. Assigning a mentor or supervisor to oversee the work of young workers can help prevent incidents and ensure that tasks are completed safely and correctly. This also provides young workers with an opportunity to learn from experienced builders and develop their skills over time.
  4. Lead by example. Supervisors play a critical role in ensuring workplace safety. They should actively monitor work practices, correct unsafe behaviors, and be available to answer questions. Providing ongoing support and guidance to supervisors, especially if they are also young workers, is essential for maintaining a positive safety culture.
  5. Regular safety inspections: Regular inspections of the work site should be conducted to identify and address any safety hazards or potential risks. Employers should involve young workers in these inspections, encouraging them to participate in hazard identification and risk assessment. By regularly assessing and addressing safety concerns, employers can create a safer work environment for all employees.
  6. Ongoing education and support: Safety education should be an ongoing process for young workers in the construction industry. Employers should provide regular opportunities for training and development, keeping young workers informed about new safety regulations, procedures, and best practices. Additionally, employers should offer support and guidance to young workers as they navigate their roles and responsibilities in the workplace.
  7. Create a positive culture: Creating a positive safety environment involves more than just having policies in place. Supervisors should consistently reinforce safety practices and lead by example by wearing personal protective equipment. Implementing a buddy system can also provide additional support to young workers, allowing them to learn from experienced colleagues while fostering a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

Employing young workers in the construction industry has benefits for the young person, the company and for the industry as a whole as the next generation of builders learn and grow into future roles. By prioritising safety and investing in the well-being of young workers, employers can create a culture of safety that benefits everyone involved. Together, we can build a safer and more secure future for the next generation of construction workers.

If you have any questions, get in touch with the HazardCo team today

When you are renovating, you will most likely be working with others, such as the client or other contractors on-site. This means that you will need to think about how you will manage health and safety on-site and how you will communicate this with other people involved with the project. This will ensure that everyone is on top of the site hazards and practicing good health and safety during your renovation.

Here are a few things you will need to think about for your upcoming renovations:

Inductions are a way of ensuring workers and clients are aware of the risks and hazards that are involved in the job at hand, conducted at the start of each new job.

It is important that you induct your clients prior to starting the job, advising them about the health and safety guidelines that need to be followed for your work area, even when it’s their home.

If your work site is occupied by a client, or the client is likely to visit, then we recommend that you carry out the following:

Firstly, check the following three COVID-19 related questions with your client:

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then the work should not commence.

Next, meet the client at the worksite (if possible) and explain the following:

Some good rules to use are:

These steps will help to identify the risks that you will be bringing into your clients home, because when health and safety is top of mind – your site is a safer place for everyone involved.

If you are working alone we suggest that you set up a procedure to regularly contact someone throughout the day to check-in that you are safe.

HazardCo was formed when a couple of tradies decided they’d seen enough of the damage caused by a “she’ll be right” approach on construction sites. They thought it was high time for a new attitude towards health and safety, so they created HazardCo to make on-site health and safety more straightforward. HazardCo encourages safer sites and at the same time saves builders and subbies both time and paperwork.

HazardCo has continued to innovate with improvements to its tools and features which focus on delivering what builders and subbies need most – to save time and get back on the tools as soon as possible, while making sites safer, and helping teams reduce unnecessary incidents.

HazardCo never wants to forget this core purpose, so has its own ambassador – Joe@HazardCo, a true blue tradie at heart. As  someone  on the tools, Joe is at the forefront of HazardCo’s minds when developing new product updates, templates and tools. Joe keeps HazardCo focused on the things that make a real difference to everyone working in the construction industry today.

HazardCo’s been around long enough to grow with the industry, and with Joe’s help, will continue to make on-site health and safety both simpler and more effective. As Joe would say, “It’s a win-win mate – you get to save time, save paperwork, and have confidence your health and safety is sorted, so why wouldn’t ya?!”

While the mountain of paperwork seems to keep building every year, modern technology and smart solutions now give you, the main builder on-site, the option to cut back on health and safety paperwork in a way that gives you a safer site and more control of what’s going on.

Using your smartphone, HazardCo puts health and safety in the palm of your hand. The HazardCo App enables members to complete a SWMS, site review, incident report, or record a toolbox meeting – these are all done in record time and are available straight away on the Hub. All online, in real-time, and all without touching a single piece of paper.

The free version of the HazardCo App means everyone can complete inductions and scan on/off-site, so there are no excuses from the team. And because everyone on site scans on/off-site on their phone, you can see who’s on-site and when, without having to be there yourself.

If everyone on-site is a hazardCo member it’s even better! Site inductions can be done on the App and your team members and subbies, do these on their own phone without having to tie up additional meeting time. All up, it means you have a complete record of everything – completed inductions, site reviews, incident reports, toolbox meeting minutes, on-site time for all crew members etc., all saved online and available 24-7.

A big bonus when you go paperless, is that all of your employees have a total view of on-site health and safety. Because you’re using the app every day to scan in/out of site, you’re all seeing health and safety details more often – a key part of creating a safer site.

The HazardCo App is designed specifically for builders and tradies just like you. The smart App and online Hub put site health and safety in the palm of your hand wherever, and whenever you need. For a safer site, more visibility of health and safety, and less paperwork, make sure your team is using HazardCo.

It’s the latest App feature you’ve been waiting for! HazardCo SWMS has now landed!

A simple and easy to repeat approach, where you can:

  • Simply complete SWMS from any mobile device
  • Complete them on-site, in real-time in the touch of a button
  • Keep the team informed by emailing your SWMS to everyone involved

Manage subbies? You can even digitally collect SWMS from subcontractors without the fuss!

 

What is a SWMS?

SWMS (Safe Work Method Statement) is a document that sets out the order of work activities to be carried out on-site, the hazards arising from these and the measures to be put in place to control the risks.

 

How does it work?

The HazardCo App makes it simple for you to understand what you need to fill in. With an easy-to-use interface that gives you options to choose from.

  • An identification of the work on-site
  • Specific hazards relating to the work
  • A description of the measures to be implemented to control the risks
  • The order of work (method statement) showing the tasks that will be carried out in a step by step process.

All employees involved in the work should discuss the SWMS so they understand exactly what work is to be done, how it will be completed and the controls that will be used to keep everyone safe. It’s fundamental and should be done before any work gets underway.

Empowering workers to save lives – check out our short explainer video to see how simple we’ve made it!

Anything with wheels and an engine should be at the forefront of your mind on site.

From delivery trucks to excavators, if it moves, and it’s got some weight and power behind them, it’s going to cause some damage.

The key issues

Accidents are preventable when risk is managed. How do you manage risk? You get a plan – a good one.

Traffic management plans

A traffic management plan documents and helps explain how risks will be managed. This might include details of:

Every site is different, but your plan should be monitored and reviewed regularly. It should also be adapted when there are changes to your work situation.

Sort your safety today, save lives tomorrow. It really is as simple as that.

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