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Ensuring worker safety and welfare on construction sites

The sheer amount of injuries, illnesses and long-term health issues that can affect employees are massive, and they are all made inherently more likely if managers are negligent when implementing proper safety measures. It’s widely believed that the construction industry is the UK’s deadliest, with 30 deaths in 2021/22.

The average construction site presents a range of risks for employees and contractors, including:

  • Falls from height

  • Exposure to harmful chemicals or substances

  • Slips and trips

  • Machinery accidents or malfunctions

  • Vehicle accidents

  • Burns or scalds caused by fires

  • Tool malfunctions

  • Electrocution

  • Falling or flying objects

  • Structural collapses

As a construction site manager, it can be tempting to cut corners to preserve valuable budgets, but workplace injuries cannot be overlooked. You cannot put a price on personal safety and welfare. It’s in your best interests to make construction site safety a priority.

Construction site safety rules:

  1. Provide clear instructions and signage.

  2. Organise and tidy your site properly.

  3. Use technology and tools correctly.

  4. Ensure machinery and tools are inspected and tested for faults

  5. Foster a culture of communication.

  6. Wear PPE (personal protective equipment) at all times.

  7. Provide employee health and safety training.

Construction site managers and supervisors have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure a safe workforce, as well as to ensure all jobs are correctly planned and monitored.

Make sure you understand your legal responsibilities to enable you to better provide instruction, supervision, and monitoring of tasks and activities to ensure safety on site.

Book your place on a CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme, or Site Management Safety Training Scheme Course to ensure this.

To get in contact:

01782 438813

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