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July 12, 2017

How to Reduce the Risk of a Worker’s Compensation Claim

For construction companies, one of the biggest yet most underrated issues affecting business is Occupational Health and Safety. Worker’s Compensation Claims can be a major expense for small construction businesses. Below we detail some smart ways to reduce the risk of worker’s compensation claims on your building site.

Ensure you are always using high-quality equipment, especially when working at heights

The majority of construction sites require employees to be performing tasks from great heights which, believe it or not, actually accounts for a quarter of all work-related deaths.

Take care to ensure that your site is equipped with quality scaffolding (installed by a certified company) ladders, mobile ramps & stairways. Your company should also be carrying out regular checks on all of these items to ensure there are no flaws or foreseeable problems that could occur.

Keep accurate and detailed record keeping

Keeping detailed and accurate records is an important part of good housekeeping.  All incidents should be reported correctly according to WorkSafe guidelines and you should be keeping records of all steps that your company has taken to adhere to its responsibilities.

Procedures are key

Make sure you have written procedures for all aspects of tasks performed in the workplace. During the induction period for new staff, ensure that they are clear on these procedures. Make a point of making these procedures readily available for staff to access if needed; this could include having signage and posters around the worksite as a reminder for staff.

Keep your safety measures in check

Staff need to be well trained in all of your safety guidelines and should be proactively taking part in maintaining them. Encourage the practice of good housekeeping. This includes:

  • Ensuring all debris and other rubbish is contained in rubbish cages and out of pathways
  • All spills are addressed immediately; with adequate signage placed in the affected area(s) straight away to inform staff of the imminent danger, prior to cleaning the spill
  • Make a point of ensuring that all areas of your site have adequate lighting installed so that staff can clearly see any possible dangers or hazards
  • Always make sure your exits are clear of obstacles – when working to deadlines this is a safety point that is often left by the wayside
  • Use cable covers and hooks to ensure that you are reducing trip hazards around the site
  • Use tread hazard slip tape in risky areas
  • Consider using stair nosing on steps that are frequently used, even if it’s only for a short period of time
  • Make it a priority that all staff are wearing proper uniform on site, including high-vis clothing and hard hats and steel cap boots on site.

Be Proactive and encourage staff proactivity

Don’t wait for a major injury to occur before an issue is addressed. Ensure your staff are correctly trained in all aspects of OH&S and encourage them to come forward with any problems. Reward proactive behaviour and most importantly, as a company you need to react in a swift and proactive manner to ensure staff safety concerns are addressed.

If you need some temporary fencing to ensure your site adhere’s to health and safety laws, make sure to get in touch with our friendly team today.