Safety Procedures on Construction Sites

Safety Procedures on Construction Sites

19th June 2019

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work so you’d think safety would be one of the first things on everybody’s mind.  This is not always the case, however, as so many construction workers seem to abandon common sense in order to “get the job done”!  We often cross barriers without the correct safety equipment, or carry out a task solo when we know a risk assessment would require the help of a colleague in order to ensure safety.

Although fatal accidents in the workplace are often fluke accidents, usually due to complacency or negligence, it only takes one mistake, slip, or person to access an area they are not supposed to, for somebody to become a statistic.   This is why closely following the correct safety procedures on the construction site is so important – these procedures have been designed to protect YOU, so ignoring them actually means that you’re ignoring how important your own safety is.  Today we’re going to take a look at some of the most important construction site safety procedures.

WORKSITE EVALUATION:

  • You need to thoroughly analyse the work site on a regular basis in order to identify potential hazards and instigate an effective method of eliminating them if possible.  Some of the most common hazards on a construction site are as follows:
    • Falls
    • Electrocution
    • Caught-between, or caught-in
    • Struck-by
  • Any workers carrying out their work without the correct protective equipment should be identified and informed of this.
  • Before work commences, you should check construction equipment, tools and machinery onsite to ensure that they are safe to use and appropriate for the task.  Conducting planning and staging before the day’s work starts will ensure that workers have the right tools and equipment necessary to get the job done.

SIGNAGE:

  • Visible signage will help workers to remember and understand the safety procedures and protocols that must be followed at all times.
  • Clear signage should be used at all times to ensure that site safety procedures are accessible by all workers.
  • Include a 24-hour emergency contact number and clear directions to the site office.
  • Include clear signage for site amenities, including first aid equipment and emergency fire-fighting equipment.

SITE SECURITY:

  • Make sure that security measures in place restrict access to the work site outside of working hours to protect workers or others from potential construction hazards. 
  • Restricted site access is not just to prevent the theft or damage or materials and equipment, it prevents unauthorised access to the site by children and non-employees.
  • Strict safety and security procedures should always be followed.

ENTRY AND EXIT POINTS:

  • Construction site should have separate entry and exit points for vehicle and heavy machinery access in order to ensure safety in high traffic areas of the site.

 

Next week we’ll be continuing our advice on safety procedures with some information on training so follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you can carry on reading this vital advice.