Helpful Tips For Contractors

Prevent Losses on Indiana PA Job Sites

  • Always check references of potential employees and use employment applications. Applications can be found at most office supply stores.
  • Provide a copy of safety rules and enforce them. Safety rules should be base on OSHA, or other government agency safety requirements and accepted industry practices. Some areas of concern are:
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Full Protection for working at heights
    • Hazard communication program
    • Lock-out/Tag-out of energy sources
    • Confined space entry program
  • If employees do not have similar job experience, then training should be provided in any job they may be assigned.
  • Assign responsibility for safety to a supervisor or foreman.
  • Hold safety meetings regularly.
  • Periodically conduct safety inspections.
  • Review the safety practices of all subcontractors that you have hired and be sure they meet the same standards that have already been established by you.
  • Always have a first aid kit available.
  • Have a phone available with all emergency phone numbers with it in the event of an emergency.
  • Have a portable fully charged fire extinguisher that is easily accessible.
  • Provide protective equipment such as safety glasses, protection for hearing and hard hats and enforce their proper use!
  • Barricade work areas and provide warning signs near excavations and other hazards.
  • Secure the job site. Fence the site to prevent vandalism and public access to hazardous areas. Control access to customers and their vendors. Provide lighting in necessary areas when possible.
  • When leaving materials and equipment on job sites, make sure you secure them. Lock all tools in boxes and use chains to secure large equipment.
  • Always store and handle hazardous materials properly. Protects containers from damage and secure tanks in an upright position. Make sure you are using safety cans for gasoline and other flammable liquids.
  • Remove debris and scrap daily.
  • For welding and other hot work follow safety precautions. Wet or shield combustible surfaces and end these operations at least 30 minutes before leaving the site unoccupied.
  • Temporary heating units should be UL/AGA approved and follow manufacturer’s suggested precautions and provide adequate clearance form combustible material.
  • Have procedures for reporting and investigating incidents and accidents.
  • Require proper use of scaffolds and ladders.

Vehicle Safety

  • Only the designated employees should operate any company vehicles.
  • If your employees drive their own vehicles in the course of work, verify their insurance coverage and make sure their limits are equal to your insurance.
  • Provide written driving safety rules to any employee who operates a vehicle.
  • If you don’t have them already, develop written preventative maintenance procedures for all equipment and vehicles.
  • Driver’s license numbers must be provided and are subject to periodic records checks.
  • A revoked or suspended driver’s license should be reported to a supervisor immediately.
  • Drivers must follow all laws and regulation pertaining to the use of the specific type of vehicle they are operating.
  • Any accidents must be reported immediately to a supervisor.
  • Any tickets must be reported to a supervisor. The driver is personally responsible for any fines or penalties resulting from the manner in which they operate the vehicle.
  • At the beginning and end of each workday, drivers are responsible for inspecting and verifying the safe operating condition of their vehicles. Unsafe vehicle conditions must be reported to a supervisor immediately.

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