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Managing Health and Safety in Construction During the Pandemic

A crane system at a construction site

Construction sites across the US experienced a major downtime due to the pandemic. Physical safety hazards and the risk of catching the virus brought projects to an impending halt.

Reduced performance and increased downtime resulted in increased costs and reduced profits.

Now with vaccinations rolling out, workers are returning to sites and resuming operations while companies are looking for different ways to ensure employee safety and wellbeing.

In this blog, we’ll look at different strategies that can help you enhance workers safety and process efficiency as personnel return to work at construction sites.

Don’t Forget the Standard Operating Procedures

CDC and OSHA have issued a set of combined guidelines for construction workers. They have specified that it’s important to maintain social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19 at construction sites.

Project managers must ensure that all workers adhere to standard operating procedures and aren’t assigned tasks that might involve physical collaboration with other workers. To make this simpler, it’s advised to get your workers tested before they return to the site.

In addition, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, practice proper hand hygiene, limit tool sharing, and encourage face covering, especially in enclosed spaces.

Reduce Crowding

Construction sites are often very crowded. During material handling and load lifting processes, many workers work at one place at a time. Consider replacing a large number of human workers with robust tech tools for efficient crane management. Deploy safety tools such as crane load indicators and anti-two block warning systems.

Consider splitting the work areas into smaller, easy-to-monitor zones.

Construction workers at a site

Inform, Train, Support, Repeat

At construction sites, daily meetings and team collaboration exercises are a routine. But amidst the pandemic, there will be a dramatic change in how project managers communicate with workers.

To ensure your staff is up-to-date, roll out clear, constructive messages to improve understanding and consistency. Engage the workers with assigned representatives for continued support and training. Similarly, employers must adhere to CDC and OSHA guidelines and stay in touch with workers for seamless communication.

Crane Warning Systems Atlanta is a leading supplier of crane safety products. The company is the largest and most popular distributor of RaycoWylie crane systems, crane anemometer and crane load monitoring systems and offers specialized A2B warning systems to improve safety at construction sites.

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