By Helen Callier
December 23rd, 2022
Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when working on the job site. Whether you are an experienced contractor or just starting out, one accident can cost you thousands. This means that having a safe work plan and following it rigorously should be number one on your list of priorities, especially since most injuries occur due to human error, not construction mistakes or hazardous materials (although those are important to be aware of as well).
Here’s what you need to know about safety plans and how they can improve your life and career as a contractor.
What is a Safety Plan?
A typical construction site has many hazards that can result in injury or death. Tools, equipment, heavy machinery, and electricity are just some examples. This is why a safety plan is essential to every construction site.
A safety plan is a set of instructions that tells everyone working at the site what to do in emergencies and how to avoid them. Not only does this help protect workers, but it also helps contractors and/or developers avoid costly lawsuits.
A safety plan can be anything from a list of emergency contact phone numbers, an evacuation plan, or even an all-hazards approach that accounts for construction site accidents. It can also have information about potential hazards such as roofing materials, scaffolding, and ladders. Whatever your needs are, it is vital to have a plan in place, so you are prepared when something happens.
Why are Safety Plans Important?
Construction sites are dangerous places. Every day, some accidents happen that could have been prevented. That’s why it is essential to have safety plans in place and make sure that people know what to do if an accident happens. That way, when anything goes wrong, you can act quickly and effectively because your plan has already laid out your options for handling any problem situation. We recommend making a comprehensive list of all potential hazards that could happen at your job site with contingency plans for each one. You should also make sure to include contact information for local emergency services so that they will always know who to contact in case of an emergency.
There are many steps to ensuring that you have the correct building permits, but it is crucial to start this process before you begin construction. This will help ensure that you have an easier time with inspections, and if your project does not pass inspection, you can be provided with guidance on how to make necessary changes. If you are too busy to handle your own permitting, though, you can call 1.844.PERMIT.4 for help.
At PermitUsNow, we are committed to pulling permits for our Architect, Contractor, and Project Owner clients without delay, eliminating their frustrations with the permitting process. Plus, we make it easy for you to work with us. Simply: 1) Email us your plans, 2) Follow up on our feedback for any missing items, and 3) Let us get your permitting done for you. So, send us your plans today and we’ll free you up to focus on doing what you love – building your customers’ dreams. #BuildSafe