Good Health and Safety Will Save You Time and Money

Having a good system in place will save you time and money-it will take a burden off your shoulders, and you can have the freedom of getting on with your work. It will also save you money as you will take the practical steps for reducing risk which will reduce your liability in the event of incidents and will make such incidents less likely to occur in the first place.

A good health and safety plan will help give you a leap over the competition. It will increase your chances of making your business a success story by enhancing your reputation as a thorough professional. Your clients will notice and appreciate this commitment.

Good Processes Can Help You Grow Without the Headaches

As work picks up, you will need good processes. Now is the best time to put good steps in place so you have the freedom to grow.  Doing the necessary checks before starting a job will become second nature. But without solid processes in place you risk disaster as the story below illustrates.

An example of the potential devastating consequences of not having processes in place comes from an incident that happened to a Wellington builder. He had to pay over $60,000 as a result of an apprentice falling off a ladder suffering brain injury.

The ladder was not in suitable condition. If it had been checked and found defective it would have been a much lesser cost to replace or repair. He also suffered from devastation of what had happened to his hard-working apprentice, loss of business from being understaffed and a blow to his reputation. Obviously, there are many more things that can go wrong with building, but a health and safety plan will enable you to identify and control all the risks.

 

If You’re Working with Contractors Ensure That You Vet Them Thoroughly

Just like for quality issues, for Health and Safety problems, everything comes back to the builder.

  • You need to ensure they follow the correct processes for the job they are doing.
  • They must have in place a process to identify and assess risks when they arrive onsite. Typically, this is done through a Pre-start risk assessment or toolbox meeting.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of choosing one of your mates if they are not up to the job, safety comes before everything else. You want the most qualified person for the job.

 

Invest in Good Advice Early

As is the case with insurance or accountancy, getting good advice early on will save you a lot of headaches. Good health and safety processes can give your business an invaluable competitive advantage that will make you more attractive to potential clients.

Testimonial from Point Break builders – “Thanks to Nailed It Safety Solutions’ DIY pack we were able to go to large builders that we wanted to work with and say we had a basic but effective Health and Safety and Quality Control process in place. It’s really helped us punch above our weight.” – Martin.

Good advice will assist with the planning process and take luck out of the equation. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Nailed It safety solutions can help you get off to a good start.

It’s Not Safety First, It’s Family First

In the event of an accident that leaves someone incapacitated or dead, far more devastating than any fines or other prosecution you will face will be the effect on the family of the affected person and the person themselves in the event of a serious but non-fatal injury.

Planning to work on your own without staff does create a certain freedom in that you will not be liable for anything that happens to employees, but you still need a plan in place to look after yourself and remain in business without setting yourself up for an accident

With all this in mind, Nailed it specialises in custom designed plans which take into account the unique nature of your business so consult us for your free initial consultation today.

Conclusion

Nailed it Safety solutions offers a free initial consultation to get a general picture of what your health and safety requirements are and doesn’t ask for ongoing payments of a subscription nature. If you are a one- or two-man business the DIY template health and safety plan from Nailed It is a great option. For $299 you get a blank set of templates with all the relevant fields that you can fill in yourself which will ensure that you don’t overlook anything.

Best of luck in making a great success of this new endeavour and don’t hesitate to contact us for any extra questions.

 

Chris Brosnan

Chris Brosnan

Chris is the director of Nailed It Safety Solutions, a Christchurch-based Health and Safety company specialising in Residential Construction and Tourism. If you like any of his blog posts and want to catch up for a coffee then it’s a good bet he’s up for that.

The information contained in this article is of a general nature and should not be taken as advice. It reflects the opinions of the writer only and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Nailed It Safety. Nailed It Safety Solutions Limited, its directors, and shareholders will not be held liable for the use or misuse of this information.

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