Construction business
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Construction business
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Why Commercial Construction Companies Need a Safety Plan

In today’s commercial construction industry, it usually comes down to who gets the winning bid for a project. Architects and developers want to choose the general contractor that best meets their needs – affordability is certainly a consideration, but one of the other big deciding factors is safety. A construction company with a clearly outlined safety plan will have a big advantage over companies that don’t offer that up front.

At Leon Williams Contractors, we take safety on the job site very seriously. Having a comprehensive plan that can be adapted to the needs of each project protects the contractor and crew members, the clients, and helps everyone know what to do in the event of an emergency.

A safety plan should include the following:

  • An objective stating that the company will take any necessary steps to protect employees and others.
  • A safety representative – generally the supervisor in charge of the job.
  • The specifics of when, where, how and who will provide medical treatment.
  • An agreement to conduct regular safety inspections and correct any problems.
  • And outline for training new employees on safety – and ongoing training for existing employees.
  • A guide for who will be responsible for making sure a worksite it tidy, and that every employee is using protective equipment and clothing.
  • Rules for reporting accidents to project supervisor or site foreman, including what steps were taken to correct any hazards.
  • Information about warning devices, fire protection equipment, equipment inspections, lockout/tag-out procedures, and hazard communications.
  • An agreement for subcontractors to be required to follow your company’s safety regulations.
  • An agreement to comply with all safety regulations supplied by OSHA on a federal, state, and local level.

It’s also important to review a safety plan on a regular basis to make sure it is up to date and remains OSHA compliant – an insurance agent can help review the safety plan and guide any necessary adjustments.

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