Whether you’re in construction as a newcomer to the market or a seasoned professional, you may ask yourself if spending money on site signage is really worth it. Marketing and branding issues aside – there could be a hugely significant cost to your business if you fail in your compliance to provide the basic safety signage requirements on your site.
Many factors can come into play, which govern the style, size and type of site signage required on your site. What you do, how you (or your employees) need to do it, what protective equipment is needed and, the legal requirements that your site must meet to convey these messages appropriately.
No one wants to see an employee or visitor hurt on site or worse, permanently disabled or even killed. There is a legal requirement to ensure that you provide the safest workplace that you possibly can. The primary importance of displaying Safety Signs is to:
- Prevent injury
- Ensure staff and visitors are well aware of the possible dangers and hazards ahead in certain situations and/or environments.
- Without signs, many employees would lack the necessary direction in times of crisis, and employers might find themselves in significant legal difficulties if any accidents were to arise as a result.
Accidents can and do happen, but if you’re questioning if you really need that safety sign, the answer is always a resounding YES. If you’re wondering what the risks are, here are a few points to consider. Failure to provide adequate safety signage can result in:
- On the spot fines
- Notices to appear in Court
- Fines ranging in cost from $50,000 to $3 million
- Possible jail time of up to 5 years.
- Emotional and psychological trauma of all parties involved
It’s certainly not worth the risk – especially when lives can be at stake. By ensuring the workplace is sufficiently well signed, you can help protect your staff and visitors to the site, particularly members of the public, against the possible dangers that may otherwise be unnoticed – leading to less industrial accidents and reduced risk to employees and passers-by.
Utilising the services of a signage company such as SiteSmART, that is thoroughly versed in current WHS requirements for safety signage is one way to protect yourself, your business, and most importantly, your employees and the public when starting any works at your site. Safe Workplaces benefit everyone involved and for a relatively small investment you can rest assured that you have executed your duty of care. And this is always worth the cost.