Are you about to build your dream home? Depending on whether you are hiring workers to carry out the build for you, or you have a construction background and plan on doing some of it yourself, you still require an understanding of how to create a safe construction site.
The construction industry is one of the largest work industries in the UK, it is also the leading work industry for injury and deaths.
With such a dangerous workplace, it is crucial to make sure that a construction site is as safe as it can possibly be.
A lot of health and safety legislation by the Health and Safety Executive has made certain aspects of the construction site a legal requirement.
These tips are a curated list of things, some of which are required by law to help minimise risks within the construction industry work environments.
According to the HSE’s Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992, all workers on a construction site must be wearing adequate head protection.
Head protection should be an appropriate size for the person wearing it and worn properly at all times. They should also always be in good condition, if a hard-hat is damaged it should be thrown away.
All clothing must protect against hazards on-site, therefore sensible clothing choices are a must. Wearing shorts are not recommended due to the lack of protection to the lower legs from cuts, grazes and splinters.
Safety footwear must be worn on-site. Particular shoes are required in order to protect the feet properly, including steel toecaps which can protect feet from dropped objects. Midsole protection can help protect against puncture or penetration of a nail into the foot.
High-visibility clothing is required when there are vehicles operating on-site.
High-Viz clothing is available online shopping stores such as Amazon.
Construction sites are outdoor projects, this means that there may be potential hazards provided by adverse weather.
With icy, snow and rainy conditions, it is best to assess the risk and put in a system to manage it. Slippery surfaces with stone should be treated with mud and slippery surfaces with ice should be treated with ice to provide temporary covering.
All slippery areas should be signposted and workers accessing it should make sure that safe footwear with good grip is worn.
Safe footwear for construction sites are available on websites such as ScrewFix.
In order to make sure everyone on a construction site as at the same level of training as well as complying with the most recent health and safety law and practices surrounding construction sites, it is best to get some professional health and safety training.
There are lots of reputable facilities all over the UK to get up-to-date health and safety training specifically for the construction workforce industry, such as TALA Training who have training centres in both Manchester and Glasgow.
It is important to set up proper communication channels and techniques for all staff on a construction site to alert everyone to potential hazards and safety procedures.
It is also important to outline that everyone who visits a particular construction site that they should be briefed by the person in charge on any safety hazards or procedures.
Hopefully these tips helped you and provided a better understanding of how to create a safer construction site when building your dream house!