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If your construction employees don't clean up their act, it could cause a serious accident

by , 21 October 2014
Picture your construction site at the end of a work day. Is it well organised with all your tools in their rightful place? Or is it a massive mess with tools covering every inch of space?

If it's the latter, not only is your company in violation of the OHS Act, but it could cause serious accidents too.

This could cost your company more than huge fines from the DoL.

Here's why...

 

Warning: A messy construction site is an accident waiting to happen

 
If your employees leave tools out, it could cause accidents like serious cuts or falls. For example, let's say your employee leaves his screwdriver on the floor after he finished using it. 
 
His colleague walks past and steps on it. His feet shoot out from under him and he falls, hitting his head in the process. 
 
Now he has a severe concussion and you have to rush him to hospital.
 
As you can see, tools lying around can become a serious hazard. 
 
But that's not the only reason a messy workplace can be dangerous.
 
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Here's another reason why those stray tools are a hazard

 
If your employees don't put their tools away, they're vulnerable to damage. Someone else might use a damaged tool and have a major accident because of it.
 
Damaged tools aren't safe to use so you need to properly store them to keep them (and your employees) safe.
 
Give your employees toolboxes or belts to keep their tools in while they work. Also give them portable storage cupboards to put their tools in at the end of the day. 
 
This will ensure your construction site is free from these hazards and your employees can get on with their work safely.
 
For more on how to implement effective health and safety measures in your company, check out the Health and Safety Advisor.
 

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