Posted on: 14 February 2019
Being a role model in your team
We all remember someone who has inspired us, whether it is a teacher, friend or family member. An experienced worker will be able to share on their skills to new team members. If you have someone new to the job or company, you will likely be a key person to your new co-worker’s learning, and will play a huge part in their working life as they look to develop in their career.
Practising Site Safety
No one knows more than you how dangerous a construction site can be, if safety rules aren’t adhered to, and if you have new members of staff who are inexperienced, you will need to give that advice on how to stay safe.
With the sharp increase in apprenticeships, many new employees may be inexperienced, and will take some time to learn new information, whereas other employees may already have experience but at a company with different safety policies. New employees will usually be given training when starting a new job, but it is often what they learn on the job that they will remember, so they will be looking to their colleagues for guidance.
Show Good Safety Practice
As a role model, it is vital that you adhere to proper site safety whilst working with new colleagues as it is important for new colleagues to learn the correct safety procedures.
Making sure that you are wearing the correct protective equipment is one way that you can show that you take safety seriously. Ensuring that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as correct footwear is worn if necessary is a demonstration of safety over comfort.
Remembering to not wear jewellery on site is an important way of demonstrating safety to your new colleagues. Necklaces, for example, could get caught in equipment and become a choking hazard.
If your new co-worker is joining you from a different company, it is important to emphasise the importance of safety at your company. Again, you will be a role model to this new co-worker, and confirming the importance of safety will help them ease into their new role.
Serious accidents for contractors are, unfortunately, a very real possibility, so making sure that all colleagues are aware of the dangers is vital to reduce the risk of accidents.
Protecting yourself at work
Whatever type of work you do as a contractor, you need to ensure that you are protected should the worst happen. There will also be different insurance needs for different types of business, who might need employers’ liability by law, or commercial vehicle insurance to protect their assets.
At Premier BusinessCare, we specialise in arranging insurance for contractors, so call us to speak to one of our insurance advisors today.
Source: Zywave Inc – Construction Safety Matters – Teaching On-Site Safety by Example
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