Managing Safety At A Construction Site

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As the manager of a construction site, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone working at the property. Here is concise guide to help ensure that your construction site is as safe as possible.

Welfare of Workers
The welfare of workers is important at any construction site. It is your responsibility to ensure that they have access to:

–          toilet and washing facilities;

–          an area to prepare and consume refreshments

–          a place to store clothing and PPE

These facilities must be properly maintained for the duration of the construction project. They should also be kept clean and in suitable working condition at all times.

Vehicle Safety
According to the Health and Safety Executive there are about seven fatal accidents involving vehicles on construction sites every year. There are many provisions that you can take to prevent such accidents from occurring.

It is important to keep pedestrians and vehicles separated to minimise the risk of accidents. By providing walkways and crossings, you can keep pedestrians safe. It is also advisable to consider installing barriers between the walkwaya and the roads.

It is also important to ensure that all drivers are properly trained. Many accidents are caused when an untrained driver takes control of a vehicle. Signallers should also have the proper training and authorisation.

Material and Waste Management
A disorganised and unkempt construction site can lead to workplace accidents. Slips and trips are common injuries that occur as a result of poor maintenance.

When it comes to material storage, ensure that there are designated storage areas for all items on your site. Keep all flammable materials separate and ensure that they are protected from accidental ignition. Do not allow these storage areas to creep into pedestrian routes, as this is likely to cause slips and trips.

Waste management is also crucial. At the beginning of the project, set out guidelines for how waste will be disposed of and who will be responsible for collecting the specific types of waste. Ensure that waste is disposed of regularly and that it is disposed of in the correct way (as hazardous materials cannot be disposed of in the same way as regular waste).

Safety Training
Finally, be sure that all workers and managers on your construction site have received health and safety training. This will ensure that they are aware of the best practices to ensure the welfare and safety of their fellow workers.

British Safety Services offers up a wide range of courses for construction workers. For more information, browse our Construction Health and Safety Training or call us at: +44 (0) 121 333 7232.


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