How to improve occupational safety at a piling site

Finland’s aim is to be a pioneer in occupational safety. The construction industry aspires to zero occupational accidents by 2020, and the improvement of occupational safety is a global trend. As construction increases, occupational accidents will increase proportionately – unless root causes are addressed. Anything we can do to reduce the number of accidents improves the level of occupational safety.

Urbanization, too, is a global trend. It generates a need for new development areas, and through piling we can make use of sites that have so far gone underutilized. Although piling has been mechanized, the piles are still often cut manually. Manual pile cutting is a job that you do not retire from. Because the most common pile cutting method is still manually, and because the work is relatively accident prone, we compiled instructions on how to improve occupational safety at a piling site.

So how do you improve occupational safety?

1. Systematic work

Usually the best way to get to your destination is with the help of a map or maybe a GPS. This applies to construction, too. When the work site is planned well and things are done in the right order, the wrong kinds of overlaps are eliminated and different stages can be carried out logically.

Methodicalness is the way to eliminating unnecessary work and ensuring the right timing and order of all work stages. It also helps to schedule the tasks of various operators so that time is not wasted on making calls and wondering what should be done. Instead, the work flows smoothly. This improves both occupational safety and the atmosphere at a work site.

2. Absence of haste at a work site

Accidents usually occur when you’re in a hurry and compromise on planning, when schedules are tight and everyone is on edge. At worst, error after error occurs. Things are not done in the planned order since something that needs to be done first is not finished yet.

Methodicalness is the key in eliminating haste. When everyone knows the goal and is aware of the progress of the project, each person is able to do their job on time, as agreed, and then let the next person do theirs. Mechanization of pile cutting, for example, speeds up construction work because the piles can be cut as part of the workflow, by on-site personnel, without waiting for the right conditions. The absence of haste improves safety, and the construction project can be completed safely and on time.

3. Monitoring and reporting

The standards require that all stages of construction be documented. The more closely things are monitored, the fewer errors are made and the fewer dangerous exceptions occur. At best, documentation and monitoring take place during the actual work, giving everyone a real-time idea of the events at the work site.

Site and building supervision is easier to perform when everything is documented here and now, and in cases of problems it also helps to establish what went wrong and why. Documentation also makes it easier to plan further actions. Errors do not accumulate, and technical issues can be addressed before they become problems. Real-time monitoring makes it easier to detect dangerous errors and those that slow down work in time, eliminating haste-related compromises on site safety.

These tips help you improve safety at a piling site!