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It’s high time we rise, to break the fall

When the stakes are high

Measures to prevent fall mitigation for construction employers

Factories Act 1428 is in accordance to the safety of workers on site and the reasonable training and supervision of workers by employers to ensure health and safety of their workers. However, law cannot be more misguided as thousands of workers die while on construction site every year. So what is it that employers should do to mark laborers safe apart from their health insurances?

On the occasion of Safety week for workers around the world, we at AMs, take this opportunity to applaud their work at the risk of their lives. We celebrated Safe week with our laborers on site and through our workshop on how to ensure safety while constructing, we have penned down some food for thought for construction companies at large.

There are about 150,000 on site injuries reported each year according to bureau of labor statistics. Why do these accidents occur despite of ensuring worker’s safety by the employers? National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health says that most accidents happen on site because of falling. In spite of equipment’s safe conditions, most laborers fall from high rise constructions that which is inevitable, if the worker loses his balance.

We must understand that falls at construction sites are natural and puts the worker at a considerable risk while building bricks for high rises. These falls happen in an uncontrolled environment. That despite all precautions, the concentration and balance of workers while working on top of the ground is pivotal. It also demands a level of commitment from the workers in addition to the employer ensuring his complete safety.

You don’t get laborers who are satisfied in life. They are generally desperate for money to survive their families. They come from small towns and far off villages while a frequent considerable percent is of migrant labor. All they want is their daily wage to feed their wife and kids as these belong to below poverty line backgrounds. Employers can make sure to give them confidence that their families will be taken care of in case of an adversity on site.

Employers can arrange weekly safety workshops for workers and decode certain exemplary safety measures to them. These workers can be insured so their families don’t have to suffer without them. Employers can also make sure that the equipment to climb, zip liners, etc, climbing crafts can be of the best possible quality in sturdiness to ensure minimum hazard management. The workshops can also teach workers how to deal with heat stress when up in the air.

Since workers retain only 20% of what goes on in workshops on safety, it is important to educate workers in an informal setting which would lead to more attention retention. It also becomes the employers’ responsibility to befriend his workers so that they are confident that they can fall back on them in care of risk mitigation.

All in all, in order to ensure fall prevention, employers need to ensure a host of benefits for their workers safety so that they are motivated to work better and more securely. It also helps if employers don’t treat labor as cheap labor.

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