At Pro Quo, we pride ourselves on our approach to working safely and securely, in line with UK health and safety regulations. Construction workers face a number of hazards on a daily basis, ranging from manual handling risks to those associated with using machinery. Here are just five ways to stay safe on a construction site.
- Undertake a Risk Assessment
Every employer has a duty to undertake a full risk assessment of their site, in order to ensure that the necessary measures are taken to reduce the risk of hazards. There are a number of factors to consider during a risk assessment, including the safety of the structure or building, the ground conditions on site and any potential obstructions. Construction workers should also be given appropriate training to help them to identify risks and work in the safest manner possible. This will reduce the impact of potential hazards developing on site at any time.
- Wear Appropriate Protective Clothing
Safety equipment is essential for anybody entering a construction site. Immediately after entering the site, individuals should be provided with appropriate protective clothing, such as a hardhat and Hi-Vis jacket. Depending on the nature of the construction work being carried out, employees may need to wear additional protective clothing such as gloves, safety boots and goggles. Noise is one of the biggest health risks on a construction site, causing hearing loss or tinnitus among construction workers. For this reason, ear defenders are an essential piece of protective clothing to be worn.
- Appropriate Training
It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that those working on a construction site have appropriate training to carry out required tasks. This applies to both employees and contractors. Fully trained employees are able to work safely and efficiently on site, operating machinery in the correct manner and undertaking tasks in the best way possible. Nobody on a construction site should undertake any task which they have not been adequately trained for. Regular training should be provided to construction workers, to ensure that all employees are able to comply with site rules and work competently.
- Know the Emergency Evacuation Procedures
It is a requirement under The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for employers to have a procedure in place for serious and imminent danger. There are a number of dangers which could occur on a construction site, including fire or structural issues. A construction site should have an appropriate number of emergency exits for evacuation in the event of such an incident. To stay safe while working or visiting a construction site, you should be aware of the emergency exits and the designated safe place. These should be well sign posted and, where necessary, should have emergency lighting to allow for safe evacuation.
If working on a residential property, you need to inform any and all potential residents and clients that might be in or near the construction site of the evacuation procedures too. While signposting these might seem sufficient enough, making sure that you talk each potential visitor through these procedures will help you ensure that everyone stays safe. All of our staff are passionate about ensuring you stay safe during our construction, and especially when completing house refurbishments. Residents should never be put at risk, so ensuring that your construction site passes all health and safety standard is paramount.
- Report Issues
There should be a designated person on-site which safety concerns or problems are reported to. When working on a construction site, employees are required to be vigilant in regards to the development of hazards. They should report any problems with machinery immediately to prevent injury or danger to themselves or others. Additionally, construction workers are required to report any behaviour which is not considered safe.
If you’re looking for a construction company that puts safety first, get in touch with Pro Quo to find out more.