Communicating During Construction

When it comes to high-risk work like construction and manufacturing, crises are bound to arise. Employees can find themselves in hazardous situations with no easy means of communicating their peril to other workers.

In warehouses or large jobsites, this can be especially dangerous as some workers might find themselves facing an emergency situation without a nearby point-of-contact. That’s why it’s essential construction managers implement an effective safety communication protocol.

Ensuring a streamlined communication protocol is in place during emergencies can make sure all employees stay informed and prepared for when disaster strikes – be it an injury, natural disaster, or other unexpected event.

Equip Employees With Radios

Most construction managers equip their employees with some sort of portable mobile device. Often, this device is a cellphone. While cellphones are effective for standard communication, they don’t deliver the immediacy needed in emergency situations.

Whether you’re caught in an emergency or trying to warn others of impending danger, dealing with dial tones and voicemail can cost you valuable minutes. Two-way radios are the best way to communicate in an emergency situation, as they allow a direct line to other workers who need to be aware of the matter at hand.

Furthermore, many two-way radios come with valuable emergency features, including:

  • Man Down: This feature allows some two-way radios to detect when there is a lack of movement or when the radio is in a horizontal position, thus suggesting a worker has collapsed. It activates a “chirp” sound which will notify nearby radios that something is wrong.
  • Lone Worker: This is ideal for the aforementioned scenario in which many workers find themselves without nearby human contact. If they don’t use or touch their radio for a substantial amount of time, a signal will trigger predesignated radio operators of a potential SOS and need for check-in.
  • Emergency Alert Button: This allows workers in emergency situations to send out a network-wide alert with the push of a button. This is useful in situations where there may be fire, suspicious figures on the jobsite, or a visible incoming natural disaster (such as a tornado on an oil field).