Occupational safety in the construction industry

Safety at work is prescribed by law. Every company has to make sure that the employees are safe in their field of activity. This is particularly important in the operation and use of machinery, but also the office life can accommodate many traps: The wedging or blocking of escape routes, disorder or fires can be dangerous here. There is therefore a safety officer in each company who is responsible for safety at the workplace. When operating machinery or driving motor vehicles, it has to verify on behalf of the company whether the statutory safety precautions such as operator training or driving licenses have been carried out or refreshed by the employee. This is especially important in the construction industry.

Many workers find this control disturbing, but it is for their own safety. At the airport, for example, every employee has to carry out occupational safety training once a year. This can be carried out electronically as part of a web-based training and is done relatively quickly. On the construction this looks a bit different, because here is with cranes, excavators and work platformsworked, which are not to be used without a detailed training. Before these are used for the first time by the employee, this must pass a safety instruction with theory and practice test. He receives security documents and a proof book in which he has to have the mostly annual refresher courses stamped. Only a complete documentation can ensure that the operation of the machines is carried out at the level of legal occupational safety.

With the help of the training, the danger to the employees is minimized, the company as well as the employee are legally protected and a time saving at device handover and instruction is achieved. Even internationally, the training courses should be accredited according to certain ISO regulations, so that possible assignments abroad are equally smooth and competent. Employers and employees alike should always protect themselves by law and ensure that the insurance benefit exists and that their health is financially secure. After all, health is the greatest asset of every human being.

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