Safety is vital in every workplace. On construction sites, however, there is danger around every corner. It makes the chances of injury, and in some cases death, more likely. The latest data available revealed that there were 39 deaths in construction in 2020/21. This creates cause for concern as no one should run the risk of not returning home from work. The construction industry is expected to continue to grow to a projected 2.8 million employees by 2023. With this increase, there are more people at risk of getting injured or dying on-site. Therefore, site managers must put health and safety plans in place.
Not sure what the dangers of working on a construction site are and how to tackle them? This article will inform and educate you on the matter. Read on to find out more.
Most common dangers
Heavy-duty machinery, dangerous tools and other risks mean sites are accident hotspots. Here are some of the main hazards:
- Falls from heights
- Slips and trips
- Falling objects
- Moving machinery
It is unrealistic to expect no accidents to take place. Having construction insurance is important for protecting your business, while providing training may also reduce the risks. Before anyone steps foot on the construction site, they should understand all the dangers involved. Provide a detailed account of the construction site and where the main hazards can be found. By doing this, staff will take extra care when working around certain areas. Next, give training on the proper use of tools and equipment. This could be heavy-duty machinery or smaller, handheld tools. Once they know how to use them properly, the chances of incorrect use leading to injury are reduced.
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Having the right equipment can also reduce the risk of accidental injury. PPE is widely available across the UK and some key examples of this include:
- Hard hat to protect the head from damage caused by falling objects.
- Steel-capped boots so less harm is done when objects drop on feet.
- Protective masks to reduce intake of harmful fumes on site.
- Harnesses to prevent falls from heights. This could be off the side of buildings or short drops off ladders.
Some accidents can’t be prevented. However, when you do as much as you can to create a safe working environment, the risk will be reduced. Ensure as a construction site manager you take the aforementioned steps to keep your employees safe. After all, if they get injured, your progress will come to a halt.