With less eyes and ears around to spot potential hazards, safety standards can slip on sites with a small scale workforce. According to the HSE the vast majority of fatal construction site injuries now take place on small scale projects such as home and workplace refurbishments. A huge 60% of these deaths are due to falls from ladders, roofs, scaffolds, platforms and skylights. Other common causes include excavation collapses, lifting operation accidents and electrocution.If you manage a site with just a handful of crew members read on for some expert tips on how to stay safe with a small workforce.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew:
While it can be tempting to take on larger scale projects you should never accept work which you are not qualified to complete. Before taking on any jobs you should make sure that you possess complete health and safety competency and all the legal certifications, as well as enough members of fully qualified staff.
Prevent unauthorised site access:
Small sites rarely enjoy the rigorous access prevention resources that larger projects erect. Yet this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the requirement altogether. ‘Warning’ and ‘No entry’ signs are a passive way to ward off any unwanted traffic while fences should be used to cordon off any high risk areas.
Provide full site inductions for new workers:
Small workforces must master the art of seamless teamwork in order to keep sites safe and accident free. When welcoming new workers it’s important to provide a full site induction to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of any risks or hazards. They should also be fully briefed on site rules and emergency procedures.
Collaborate with clients:
Unlike large scale projects smaller contractors enjoy the ability to build close co-operation and co-ordination with their clients. It may seem like a small perk but up keeping effective communication with everyone involved in a project can significantly reduce the risk of on-site accidents and injuries.
Invest in WHI Safeguard LED safety lights:
With fewer on-site team members there is a greater risk of dangers and hazards going unnoticed. As such it’s essential to ensure that small scale sites are adequately lit at all times. Without site-wide illumination you drastically increase the risk of slips, trips, falls and other accidents which could prove to be fatal. This is particularly important in the winter months when work begins and ends in darkness.
By following these five simple safety tips you can instantly boost the health and safety credentials of your small scale workforce.