The Importance of Communication and Benefits of 2 way radios in Construction Safety
In all workplaces safety is of paramount concern to both the employer and employees. A construction site can be a very dangerous place to be if certain safety measures are not put in place. We are all used to seeing builders in their yellow hardhats and high visibility vests, but there are of course many more safety procedures that must be followed.
Busy and often loud, construction sites are full of hazards that can be easily avoided, and one of the most important tools in keeping everyone safe is good communication. Ensuring that everyone on site is aware of what is going on is as vitally important as making it a priority that everyone can be reached and contacted whilst working there.
In an emergency, quick and efficient communication is of the highest importance. It is vital to alert everyone as quickly as possible if there is a danger or risk to their safety. As commonplace as mobile phones have become in today’s society in such an environment they are not necessarily the best communications tool. A two way radio is much more efficient, allowing instant communication between people fast and effectively.
Most businesses will use email or telephone communication as the most popular way of contacting their workforce, but of course in such a place as a construction site neither of these options is viable. Unlike a mobile phone, two way radios don’t need someone to answer a call, the message is relayed instantly. This can be particularly useful in such work places as building sites when a ringing phone cannot always be answered straight away.
It can also be quite difficult to reach all of the people working on a construction site at one time, as unlike in an office the work force is spread out over a large area. People can be up ladders or carrying heavy loads, and in these circumstances answering a mobile phone would be dangerous. With two way radios it is easy for communication to be spread over a larger area, helping to alert many people at the same time of any imminent threat to their safety.
A construction site is often a very hectic place and as well as many people walking around there is often diggers, cranes and other vehicles being driven within the area. It is not only dangerous to use a mobile phone whilst driving any vehicle it is also illegal. A two way radio is a simple solution to this issue. Not only are they are easy to use whilst driving and perfectly within the law, using them will ensure that even drivers within the workforce can be easily contacted and informed of any danger.
Good communication means a safe and productive workforce in any line of business. Within the construction industry this is truer than ever, and with many on site hazards such as heavy machinery, it is vital to use a quick and effective communication system.
Guest post contributed by Charlie Curtis-Jones who works for the radio communication experts at www.twowayradios.co.uk. Find more information here about professional two-way radio solutions for safety requirements via the link.