As a contractor it’s your responsibility to comply with legislative duty of care contracts to employees and members of the public. Health and safety is of paramount importance and without adequate care your business could get stung by the national independent watchdog. This organisation is in place to minimise the number of on-site accidents and ensure that all contractors recognise the rules.
While their efforts have significantly reduced accident and injury rates over the past 20 years, construction is still considered a high risk sector. Despite the fact that construction workers account for just 5% of the total British workforce they make up 31% of fatalities and 10% of minor injuries. To help you safeguard your business, employees and members of the public we’ve put together a list of the top five construction safety tips that every site should adopt.
Ensure superior visibility at all times:
When enforcing a safe construction site it’s essential to ensure that superior visibility is maintained at all times. Whether the project is small scale or multilevel it’s critical that your workers are able to see what they are doing. LED safety lights are a great option, with low energy consumption and a lifespan of up to 4000 hours. This means that your business can save cash and save lives.
Protect the ears, eyes and head:
The ears and eyes are particularly delicate parts of the body and it’s important to protect them with ear muffs and goggles at all times, especially when coming into contact with intense noises and vibrations. All employees should also be issued with a hard hat to protect the head from any falling debris. When it comes to plummeting bricks, stones and other hard objects a hard hat could mean the difference between life and death.
Ensure all workers are adequately trained:
Thorough training is one of the keys to minimising the risk of accidents and injuries on construction sites. Never let a worker operate a crane, forklift or any other form of heavy machinery without full training and an up to date certification. Even simpler jobs should only be carried out by workers that have a thorough understanding of how to complete the task safely.
Issue employees with safety vests:
One of the simplest ways to reduce the risk of on-site accidents and injuries is to ensure that every employee is clearly visible at all time. Construction sites are often full of debris which can make it difficult to spot lone workers. Issuing all employees with a high visibility safety vestis a cheap yet effective way of ensuring no one goes unnoticed.
Maintain a clutter free work site:
One of the most common causes of construction accidents is stray building materials lying around the site. Whether it’s a small tool, a mislaid plank or an out-of-place wheelbarrow clutter can spell disaster for a construction site.
By following these five simple safety tips you can significantly reduce the risk of on-site accidents and injuries.