Safety From the Ground Up: Construction Standards & Avoiding Risks

Do you oversee a construction site? If so, you’ll know the importance of keeping your workers safe. 

This is one sector that experiences some of the highest workplace injury rates and work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The Health and Safety Executive released its latest findings in November 2023 and construction continues to remain an industry that comes with risk.

So, how do you address this, keep staff safe and help reduce risk? Read on to find out. 

Come up with a plan

You will need to have a health and safety strategy in place. This will ensure you can communicate to your team. It can cover the safety measures that are in place, any processes that workers need to follow in order to keep safe, and how to handle a situation where someone is injured at work. 

You’ll need to assess the site and look out for any existing hazards. Walk through each area and record anything that could be a risk. What equipment is being used, for example? How are supplies moved around the site? 

When you have all the information, you’ll be able to create a tailored strategy for your business. 

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Provide training

When you assess the risk levels, build in an assessment of your team. What equipment and machinery is being used and are there any gaps in your staff’s knowledge when it comes to operating these? This applies to every employee. 

From there, you can create a training schedule and add objectives. This will ensure you have a team that knows how to handle machinery to the correct level.  

Consider PPE

Personal protective equipment acts as a protective layer where there are hazards. What PPE do you need onsite? Standard supplies include overalls, masks, goggles, and gloves. Your team will also need robust work site boots too. These must be durable and tough. 

Tool maintenance

As well as a training schedule, create a tools and machinery maintenance schedule too. Proper checks before use can ensure the safety of your team.

As part of your safety strategy, make sure that your employees know how to report any issues with faulty equipment and what to do if something goes wrong. It’s important that site workers know how to handle a fault. 

What to do

Injuries can happen, even if you have a robust strategy in place. Train your team up in basic first aid and regularly remind them what to do if a colleague is hurt at work. 

You’ll also need to have a place to record any accidents and that your employees know where to find this record book. Remind them to write everything down as even a small cut caused at work could escalate if it gets infected. 

By taking steps now, you’re in a position to reduce risk levels onsite.  

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