Construction site safety

Construction site workers are exposed to a wide variety of hazards, and without correct safety measures in place accidents and even fatalities can occur. It is of great importance that health and safety measures are clearly outlined and adhered to, to ensure the safety of everyone who works on or attends a construction site.

Equipment Safety
Equipment safety checks should be scheduled in regularly to ensure the safety of workers. Malfunctions with machinery or any on site equipment can lead to serious injury, it is therefore vital that each piece is checked prior to use and full maintenance checks are undertaken regularly.

It is also important that machinery and equipment is safely locked from anyone unauthorised or not fully trained to use it. Simple safety measures such as installing key cabinets which can only be accessed by the site manager will ensure all equipment is used in a safe manner.

Employee Training
Workers should be fully trained for any work that they will undertake on a construction site, whether it is surrounding the use of machinery or communications. Where new training becomes available, workers should be kept up to date on the latest advancements.

It is also vital that while workers are trained to a high standard on their role, that they also receive extensive safety training which will ensure the minimisation of accidents and knowledge of how to respond should one occur.

Construction sites can vary in size and complexity, and as such can prove difficult for clear face to face communications. Even when someone is within sight, loud noises and distractions can sometimes make it difficult to communicate effectively. As a result of this, workers should be provided with radios or headsets which allow clear communications.

Briefings at the start and the end of the day to outline the work which will be or has been completed that day will ensure everyone on site is clear on progress and aware of what to expect. Clear team communications will help workers be aware of potential hazards.

Site Safety Officer
On site there should be a supervisor or site safety officer who oversees the day to day activities and overall safety of the site. This person will ensure that the correct checks have been taken on all machinery before it is put to use and that the workers are trained to the highest level with safety standards being met.

Accidents and injury can occur on a construction site where these precautions are not adhered to. Implementing simple safety measures such as a schedule for equipment checks, safely locking equipment and fully training workers will help ensure the safe running of the site.