UK law dictates that all construction businesses must conduct operations without putting any members of the public at risk. While it’s easy enough to keep the public out of residential and commercial building sites the open nature of highway constructions can prove to be a little more difficult, especially when repairing or enhancing an existing road. If you manage a highway construction business we’ve put together a list of key guidelines that will help you minimise the risk of public accidents and injuries.
Where necessary it’s advised to physically define site boundaries by erecting suitable fencing. This physical deterrent will immediately repel everyday members of the public and discourage any deliberate attempts to access the site. Before putting up a fence you’ll need to have a clear overview of the perimeter boundaries as well as an ongoing maintenance plan.
Brief any authorised visitors
When welcoming authorised visitors onto the site it’s essential to provide them will a full safety briefing. You should also issue them with any necessary protective equipment such as a hard hat, goggles, ear muffs, gloves and steel cap boots. Most public visitors will also require full supervision at all times.
Use LED cone lights to create public awareness
When speeding down a highway it can be difficult for drivers to spot construction work, especially in the dark winter months. Ploughing into a construction site at high speed can cause serious injuries and even death. Make sure drivers spot the hazard as early as possible by lining the site with LED safety cone lights.
Eliminate the risk of falling objects
Airborne objects are one of the major causes of public injuries and fatalities. When managing a site it’s critical that you make sure objects cannot fall outside of the pre-defined site boundary. This can be done by using netting, covered walkways, fans, brick guards and toe-boards.
Don’t push perimeter boundaries
While it can be tempting to utilise free space outside of your site boundary this poses as a serious safety risk. Always store materials inside the site and never let operations creep outside the perimeter boundary.
Always secure the site
When work winds up for the day it’s important that the site is fully secured. This will stop unauthorised access and help protect vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly and people with certain disabilities. Be sure to safely store building materials, immobilise vehicles, cordon off excavation sites andlock away hazardous substances.
By acknowledging these six simple safety tips you can instantly boost the public safety credentials of your highway construction business.