The Construction Industry has the most fatalities than any other industry in the UK (HSE.gov.uk)
The dangers of working in Construction should never be overlooked, and whether you are an apprentice or a site manager, it is the duty of everyone on site to keep everyone safe.
Stocksigns’ 5 Top Tips for a Safe Site
1. Every worker needs all the necessary training
This may seem obvious to most of us, but when the daily to-do list gets longer faster than things are getting ticked off, or projects on site are behind schedule it is easy to forget to pencil in some time for staff training.
Training should include; proper use of machinery and tools, scaffolding, working at height, health and safety and fire safety training.
2. Use signage to highlight every danger on site
We may be a bit biased here being a safety sign manufacturer, but signs are often overlooked and tend to be a last minute thought.
The Health and Safety Regulations 1996 state “that safety signs are provided (or
are in place) and maintained in circumstances where there is a significant risk to
health and safety”. However, signs are should only be used in conjunction with safety procedures and not be a substitute for one.
3. Clear communication is key
Whether this is communicating verbally, written or with signage, communication is key in every industry. All staff need to be kept in the loop with the daily goals and activities and also briefed on the potential dangers.
To help maintain the safety message throughout the day, a Site Safety Notice Board may be an ideal addition to your.
4. Appropriate and well maintained equipment
“Make sure that you always have the right tools for the job. It’s no use trying to eat a steak with a teaspoon and a straw.” – Anthony T Hincks
Using incorrect or damaged equipment dramatically increases the risk of injury, so although some financial investment is needed, it will get the job done on time, safely and to a high standard.
5. Ensure employees and visitors have all the correct PPE
As much as a PPE sign can remind everyone to wear the correct protective gear, some employees and visitors may need some help. Ensure that replacements for any worn or unfit PPE is easily accessible and provided.
Other than providing the PPE equipment and clothing, ensure all staff know which PPE is required for which job.