Construction Industry Health and Safety Training Advice for Employers

Construction Industry Health and Safety Training Advice for Employers

25th June 2019

One of our articles last week dealt with the importance of having robust safety procedures on construction sites.  With construction remaining one of the riskiest sectors in which to work, there’s no room for complacency.  Despite the fact that fatal accidents are often due to complacency or negligence, just one mistake can lead to tragedy which is why safety procedures have such a vital role to play in the effort to reduce accidents and make the construction industry here in the UK safer.  We covered the importance of worksite evaluations, site security and clear signage and today, as promised, we’re going to take a look at why proper training is such a crucial part of safety on site.

Training is a key component of workplace safety in every industry, not just construction.  Many project managers assume that all workers are familiar with the site safety procedures on a working site.  However, a failure to ensure that workers are fully trained (whether working for a few days on a temporary basis or working onsite for several weeks) is one of the most common factors when it comes to accidents and incidents on construction sites.

Develop an ongoing company training plan for your employees which is based on a worksite analysis, and should include:

  • Safety training for new employees
  • Safety training on new equipment
  • Regular refresher safety training courses for existing employees
  • Regular safety training updates for all employees

In order to ensure that all of your employees are adequately trained, you should adopt a learning management system which delivers short courses that are accessible online on any type of device.  This flexibility will allow your workers can access the courses anywhere and at any time and you can modify the courses to fit the needs of your employees where necessary. 

Your company training plan should prioritise the most common safety risks, incidents and mistakes that you note in any specific area.   The training should be provided in an easy to understand format that is accessible and will fully engage your employees.  The training should be tailored to the specific requirements of your workers, including delivery in a language that they fully understand (this is an important issue in the construction sector which still relies heavily on overseas workers).

As an employer, you’re responsible for the health and safety in the workplace of your employees.  As such you should have at least one qualified first aider onsite at all times and provide first aid kits that are fit for purpose and easily accessible onsite.  All of your employees should be made aware of who is qualified as a first aider and where first aid equipment is located so that it can be accessed in cases of emergency.