While many look to the quadannual Olympic Games as an example of athletic prowess, a recent report published by Occupational Health and Safety Magazine called on industry professionals to use the 2012 London Games as an example of top-notch performance in the area of worksite safety.
The study, originally penned by researchers from the UK-based Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), pointed out that the firms behind the construction of the London Games venues reported no fatalities during the process, something virtually unheard of in the industry. In order to better promote good practices at jobsites, the occupational health organization released a list of reasons how the Games can serve as a model for future building projects.
At the top of the list was the need for clear, articulated leadership. By having a directive force behind a project, managers can work towards goals and deadlines more efficiently. Additionally, a construction enterprise requires an effective supervisory body that possesses both the communicative skills required to coordinate a large workforce but also the long-term vision necessary to see the plan come together.
IOSH also identified the need for an "open, positive safety culture" that encourages employees to come forward with concerns. That way, any issues encountered during the project can be rectified as quickly as possible. Those who do so, the organization advised, should be rewarded, as well as any who help foster a health-conscious labor environment. Finally, methodical reviews of progress during a construction initiative help to identify problems or ways to improve productivity.
By having a clearly-defined safety policy in place, a company can help its workers stay protected while on the job. Business should also make sure to have first aid products on hand to treat injuries and the proper protective equipment for those working in potentially hazardous areas.
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