On-Site Safety Consulting
On-Site Safety Consulting is a different method of providing a safety manager to your company’s work sites without hiring a full time employee. The safety consultant will provide all of the services as a full time employee however it will only be at a fraction of the cost. On-Site Safety Consulting is becoming more prevalent in the construction field.
What do they do?
The safety consultant will arrive on location at any of your construction sites to conduct an on-site inspection. The consultant will then send in a report to the appropriate manager which will discuss what was seen on site, how to correct any deficiencies and what steps should be taken on any additional projects to ensure a safe environment. The safety consultant should also be available on call 24/7 in case of an emergency. Therefore, the safety consultant should be located near the construction site to provide any and all emergency services. The consultant should also provide any advice that a full time safety manager would provide your company.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of an on-site safety consultant are numerous. To begin it will save your company money. You will not have to pay any benefits such as workers compensation, retirement, medical insurance or provide company resources such as vehicles as the consultant is not an employee. If the consultant causes any accidents or gets hurt on the job site, they are responsible. This means that the consultant should carry their own professional liability and general liability insurance. This would allow your company to not be liable if the consultant fell on the job site, thereby saving you money. Another benefit is that they can also train your employees. A good consultant should have the certifications to teach various courses to your employees. This will save you time and money as the consultant can arrive on the job site to conduct any training. This saves you money because you do not have to pull your guys off the job site for training, you do not have to pay for travel or food for your employees, and if the training ends early, your employees can walk right back to work. This saves your company time, resources, and money, which thereby increases your profits.
How to find a good on-site safety consultant?
Call around, ask other companies if they know of anyone and be sure once you find someone to ask them questions. It is easy to find trainers for various courses and people who claim they are “experts.” However, some people have never been to a construction site before, but they claim to know the answers to your questions. Be sure to ask the person how many times they have worked on site, what references do they have from other companies that have been provided similar work, and don’t be afraid to ask for a copy of their qualifications. With all of the above information you will be able to make an informed decision on if the person is qualified assist you effectively.
On-site safety consulting or drive-by safety consulting is becoming a new trend in construction. It saves the company time and money, while allowing them to receive all of the benefits of a full time safety manager. A safety consultant should be qualified, experienced and have the necessary resources to answer any question you may have in regards to your specific work site.
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