4 Ways to Improve Construction Safety While Championing Productivity

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It’s a misconception that one must sacrifice productivity to increase safety in the workplace.

With technology progressing and new ideologies emerging, experts have conceptualized approaches and ideas to help businesses increase their productivity while also ensuring their employees work safely.

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Now, employees can work smarter not harder (and faster), utilizing these four ways to improve safety while maintaining productivity.

Curious? Let’s go through the four-step construction safety program.

1. Offer Safety Training and Awareness Curriculum

Safety training will help employees become more situationally aware and, as a result, decrease the likelihood of accidents.

The point is simple: Fewer accidents create more time to focus on required and established goals and initiatives which, in turn, improves productivity.

As new methods emerge, outdated safety practices are often proven to be ineffective compared to emerging theories and methodologies. As these concepts and theoretical practices are revealed, it is vital to integrate them into daily operations to increase safety and maintain production levels by further eliminating discrepancies and incidents.

In addition, it is always wise to have your employees up-to-speed on the latest changes in governing regulatory policies or general operational guidelines as it can reduce liabilities and risks overall.

In other words, don’t just offer safety training—make sure it’s up-to-date.  

2. Champion Continuous Improvement

When workers know how to work safely, they establish continuity. Continuity can lead to revamped approaches and enhanced methods to complete the same tasks, faster and better.

As a result, the workplace becomes a paragon of continuous improvement.

Dedication to continuous improvement can result in increases in efficiency and productivity while ensuring a safer work environment.

These methods can be documented and further fortified into standard operating procedures. A continuous improvement champion will help sell the strategy and keep it a priority to revamp, revitalize, and re-tuned business processes.

3. Promote Respect in the Workplace

Respect drives safety.

According to EHS Today, respect in the workplace leaves a lasting imprint. Employees are more likely to succeed and foster positive results if their good practices are reinforced with progressive feedback.

This same idea can be applied towards safety. Incentives and rewards for adhering to safety practices or further developing working knowledge of various directives and guidelines can lead to a workplace environment that promotes safety.

In turn, these same approaches can be used to drive productivity. Respect is known to enhance communication and it has been proven historically that many accidents which hamper both safety and productivity are a direct result of a lack of communication. Respect is key and there is always a reason why so many say giving respect earns it, this is prudential in especially hazardous environments.

4. Introduce Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing or Six Sigma Methodologies are an emerging trend in material handling, production, procurement, and manufacturing industries.

A product of a technologically-driven era, Lean Manufacturing fuses the best business practices of yesteryear with the implementation of performance metrics and analytics that drive commerce in the modern era. Lean Manufacturing drives optimization of inventory, devises methodologies to increase productivity and efficiency and also identifies ways jobs can be less labor-intensive while also reducing risk.

The best precept about Lean Manufacturing is that any business can offer workshops on it and any employee can gain a wide range of practical knowledge on the subject, acquiring various colored “belts” that serve as a benchmark of expertise. Employees with these varying belts can take on differing responsibilities in unique situations, further allowing for more accountability and less direct responsibility for management inundated with tasks.

5) Use Software To Implement Lean/Six Sigma Programs

Construction management software interfaces such as Newforma or Touchplan.io can be a great asset in implementing Lean or Six Sigma methodologies in to your existing operations or safety programs. Using these tools, workers can interact with these platforms to absorb the information in innovative ways.

Pen-and-paper approaches are obsolete. Tracking items by pen and paper is taxing and inefficient when software platforms can track changes and monitor progress in a comprehensive, landscape database system.

From a safety standpoint, many of these interfaces help users to stay abreast of changes in standard operating procedures on an organizational level or any impactful or influential changes at a regulatory compliance level. These software platforms are a guaranteed approach to optimize safety while also bolstering workplace productivity, the mantra of Lean, Six Sigma and Agile methodologies in a nutshell.

Conclusion

As technology continues to evolve it has never been easier to catalyze productivity and enhance safety in the workplace. There are many ways you can bring forth change and progress today!

First, integrating new and unique safety curriculum can sharpen your employees’ skills while improving safety.

With cutting-edge technologies it has never been easier to introduce these concepts and incorporate them into the workplace seamlessly. This approach helps foster an attitude of continuous improvement across the organization and multiple administrative levels.

Complacency is often the number-one culprit for increasing workplace incidents. An attitude of consistent commitment to improvement will always yield dividends.

Respect is also critical in any workplace. Respect for peers, respect for leadership, and respect for the general hazards at any given time is imperative for any company to ensure they are fostering a safety-oriented approach geared towards productivity.

Advanced software platforms can bring Lean and Six Sigma methodologies into workplace. Faster, safer, easier, and more efficient is the ideal, and with more resources and tools available, it has never been simpler to transform and cultivate a work culture devoted to increasing safety while also boosting productivity.

Do you use Six Sigma or Lean construction safety methodologies? What software options do you use? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tom Reddon

Tom Reddon is a forklift specialist and blog manager for the National Forklift Exchange. He also sits on the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) Executive Dialogue team. Follow him on Twitter at @TomReddon.

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Right on spot! Improving construction safety does really matter into the growth of the company, that’s why there are also certifications and seminars that the company continually gain to maintain the safety of the workers. #ubi #ulticon #ulticonbuildersinc

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If your employees are vulnerable to accidents, your company’s safety will be compromised at some point. On the other hand, training and raising awareness can make your workplace less prone to accidents.

It’s your duty to warn. If the work involves any risk, it is your responsibility to place safety signs at the right places and these signs help reinforce the training.

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Equal treating of safety and productivity increases over all competitiveness and performance. thank you for sharing, this helps a lot.

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Great Blog!!! Thank you for sharing valuable information about how to improve construction safety while championing productivity.

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Completely agree, raising safety in a company doesn’t necessarily lower productivity levels. There are so many ways of achieving higher safety levels, especially in today’s world with new emerging technologies. Virtual Reality headsets with a construction site models are a great example.

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