October 31, 2019

Construction Safety: Team is Key

Construction team on site

Construction is one of the most important industries in the country. However, professionals employed in this sector are often exposed to several health and safety risks. These include slips and trips, falls, exposure to dangerous products, etc.

This is why construction workers need to be particularly careful about how they go about doing their job. They need to make sure that the overall operation is smooth, productive, and, most importantly, safe for everybody involved. One of the ways to do so is through teamwork.

Teamwork vs. team-building

A construction team operating different projects needs to work together to navigate the dangerous work environment with optimal efficiency. But, it is crucial to understand first that “teamwork” and “team-building” are two completely separate terms.

Team building is a distinct concept that focuses on the formation of a group. Teamwork, on the other hand, focuses on the aspect of a team’s ability to work together. Both of these aspects are crucial for success. Understanding this vital difference can help you to play your role, as a team leader or as part of the team on-site, more effectively.

Related Read: Construction Site Safety: The Importance of an Emergency Action Plan

Vital Aspects of a Strong Team

Work environments in the construction sector have a complex nature. As important as teamwork is to deliver the best results, team building has to be on point before that can happen. Communication and trust are essential factors for projects where only the highest quality of work is expected.

An industrial construction project typically consists of a myriad of professionals. A team can include engineers, management, architects, investors, and contractors for a wide variety of applications. Each professional has to handle a particular aspect of the overall project. While they work on entirely separate things, they must all share a single vision: to complete the project effectively, efficiently, and safely while ensuring they can do so within the deadline.

There are a few essential tips that can help you build a strong team and promote teamwork to ensure that you can reach your goals.

1. Communication: Strong communication goes a long way in the construction business. The best teams are the ones that communicate well. Members need to be able to express their thoughts and opinions, as well as respect other team members’ views and ideas.

2. Trust: Another critical aspect of any strong team is trust. There is a high level of risk involved in construction work. Members must have complete faith in each others’ skills and abilities. They must also understand the intricacies of each others’ roles so they can
better respect the work they are doing and the goals each of them have.

3. Realistic Goals: Communicating well and establishing trust can allow the team to develop realistic goals. When the goals are clearly defined, everybody has an idea of when to complete what they are doing and what they have to do next.

4. Progress Review: Regularly reviewing the progress of work is a necessary task. Any developments during practice can affect deadlines and overall task completion. Reviewing work and discussing solutions to challenges go a long way in the safe and successful completion of the project.

5. Risk Management: Last but not the very least, risk management is one of the foremost aspects a capable team needs to consider. The very nature of construction projects is that there is a high level of risk involved. While all the team members might not be on-site throughout the project, everybody must understand the risks. This gives them the space to mitigate and manage the risks.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to team building and teamwork, communication and trust are the two essential elements that define how a construction team can approach work. Through these factors, a team can successfully set realistic goals for themselves and review the overall progress regularly to accommodate any developments, as part of the larger picture with each project.

It is through strong teamwork with a robust team that you can ensure a safer working environment. Everybody working together means they will also watch out for each other, prioritizing safety and efficiency over everything else.

You can use these tips to bolster a strong team, train the entire team to ensure high safety standards, and educate them on the roles each of them plays to ensure the overall success of your construction projects.

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