Unfortunately, jobsite safety is not treated with the same degree of importance and stringency in many global regions as it is in the United States. It’s therefore incumbent on construction project owners and contracted partners to push for the highest possible safety standards as their building programs expand internationally.
This not only requires constant vigilance; it necessitates top-down prioritization for accident and risk mitigation. Global market knowledge and prior international construction experience by senior team members and project management is also imperative.
Based upon years of experience managing thousands of global construction projects across every corner of the globe, Butler® has outlined the following very specific actions and measures to greatly limit or eliminate catastrophic jobsite accidents or injuries.
1 Establish Strict & Clear Safety Policies, Procedures & Measures
Be as precise and unambiguous as possible. Make sure safety urgency is shared by all team members. Consider incentivizing safety performance and call out / hold accountable those who neglect the rules and standards.
2 Hold Regular Meetings to Educate and Follow-Up on Progress
Eliminate any confusion about policies and expectations. Explain or familiarize all regarding responsibilities and procedures. Note and reinforce positive examples of actual, on-the-job safety behaviors.
3 Consider Modular Construction and Worksite Sequencing
This very precise, coordinated system of just-in-time materials delivery and workflow coordination keeps trades from bumping up against one another, reducing odds of mix-ups or mistakes that can lead to accidents.
4 Take a Ground-Up Approach to Building Erection
This involves assembly and bolting together of structural steel members on the ground, and then hoisting completed sections into place by cranes. Limiting work performed at height also limits serious injuries from falls.
5 Utilize Safety-Enhancing Products and Technology
Industry-leading safety solutions, such as Sky-Web® and Sky-Web II® nylon mesh netting systems from Butler, provide workers’ protection from roof falls or being struck by falling objects when on the ground.
6 Stipulate Use of the Right Tools Used in the Right Ways
It is not unusual in some, especially underdeveloped, countries to encounter workers attempting to use outdated, antiquated or jury-rigged tools to perform perilous tasks. This must be avoided at all cost.
7 Evaluate & Adapt to Refine & Redefine Safety Success
Upon every project completion, an analysis and debriefing should be required to determine what worked well and what could be done better. With an attitude of continuous improvement, safety becomes indoctrinated.