It’s no secret that construction can be a dangerous job. And even with stringent construction site safety rules and requirements in place, thousands of workers become injured each year while on the job.
First and foremost, it’s vital to ensure you are up to date and compliant with all the latest governmental regulations and advice.
Most construction companies believe they are doing everything they can to maintain the safety and integrity of the job site. Now is a good time to review the following construction site safety tips to find opportunities to improve worker safety.
1. Keep the Site Clean and Tidy
Danger comes in many forms: broken equipment, slip, trip and fall hazards, and damaged PPE, to name a few. To reduce your chances of an incident, do everything you can to keep your site free of clutter. This can reduce your chances of slip and fall hazards to create a safer environment for all.
2. Report Near Misses
Recording near misses is just as important as documenting incidents, as this can help identify potential problems so you can take action before they become serious threats.
Ensure you have a clear and easy-to-follow process in place for reporting near misses.
3. Ensure the Construction Site is Well Lit
Good lighting is critical to helping workers spot safety hazards and potential flaws in their work. This is especially important for outdoor worksites in the winter, as daylight hours often end before shifts do. Invest in quality construction site lights to ensure workers have all the visibility they need to do the best job possible.
4. Implement a Communication Program
A well-documented communication program can go a long way in ensuring worker safety. At the minimum, you should have processes to communicate safety hazards or issues in a timely manner.
5. Wear Proper PPE
Protective personal equipment is designed to protect workers performing hazardous jobs and should be worn accordingly. Not only should you make PPE available to your workers, but also enforce its usage and train your workers on how to wear it properly.
PPE needs will vary by job. For example, an electrician might need insulating gloves, safety footwear, and eye protection, while a forklift driver may need a hard hat and reflective vest. Look at the roles and responsibilities of each person on the job site to ensure they have the proper protective gear AND know how to use it.
6. Post Safety Signage
Depending on the circumstances, signage requirements for construction sites can vary, so it’s important to check into which signs you’re legally obligated to post, as well as which are recommended. You can download guidance on the Health and Safety Regulations for free from the UK Health and Safety Executive.
Do a signage audit to ensure signs are in place and are clean enough to read. Also, it’s a good idea to point out these signs to your workers to ensure they understand what they mean.
7. Inspect All Equipment Before Each Use
Don’t assume a piece of equipment that was in good condition yesterday is still in good condition today. Each piece of equipment should be inspected for flaws before use in the event of tampering or improper storage.
8. Conduct Ongoing Safety Training
Safety regulations evolve over time and your workers will benefit from keeping up with the latest data. Investing in ongoing safety training can help them keep safety top of mind and practice good habits on the job site.
All UK construction sites require site rules as well as site inductions. You can find a comprehensive guide on what these must include here.
9. Protect the Job Site
At the end of each workday, make sure equipment is properly turned off, secured, and stored. Ideally, you can close off the job site to avoid the potential for tampering during off-hours. This can significantly reduce any liability and ensure items are ready for the next day of work.
10. Invest in Your Safety Culture
A safety culture can be your defense against potential threats and allow your workers to maintain safety awareness. When watching for and reporting issues is a natural part of their day, they’re more invested in keeping themselves and others safe.
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