How to Become a Safety Inspector in Construction

February 15, 2024

In 2020, private companies reported 2.7 million non-fatal workplace injuries and almost 5,000 fatal work-related accidents. These numbers continue to be a major cause of worker injury and are the focus of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Field safety inspectors play an important role in maintaining safe working conditions at construction sites by identifying potential hazards, taking corrective measures, and training workers on proper procedures and emergency protocols.

To become a safety inspector in construction, you need to have a high school diploma or GED certificate and experience working in a related area of construction. You also need a strong background in safety protocols for common processes and equipment found at construction sites, including working at heights, excavation and trenching safety, electrical safety, and fire prevention. Strong organizational skills are necessary to manage and maintain safety documents, records, and inspection reports. It is essential that you are familiar with OSHA and local safety regulations and codes as well.

Develop and Implement Safety Procedures

In this role, you will identify hazards specific to your site and the work being performed. This will include evaluating materials, equipment, and processes used on-site as well as reviewing accident and incident reports to determine what safety measures need to be implemented. You will also need to research appropriate safety measures by referencing industry standards, government regulations, and guidance from reputable sources.

Once you have developed a set of safety procedures, you will need to communicate these effectively to all workers. This may be done through safety meetings, toolbox talks, and training sessions. In addition, you will need to monitor and enforce compliance with these procedures.


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