There’s no question that construction sites are notoriously dangerous environments. With heavy machinery, power tools, and various building materials around every corner, it’s easy for accidents to occur if you’re not careful.
Following the appropriate guidelines is essential to ensure the safety of visitors and contractors alike while on the site. By adhering to the legal construction laws and regulations, workplace accidents can be significantly minimised.
In this article, we explore some of the best ways to stay safe on a construction site.
Promoting health and safety
You should constantly reiterate the importance of health and safety when working on a construction site and provide proper training on safe working practices for the industry. Be firm with staff members on this, addressing anyone who is failing to meet the necessary requirements, with reminders to stay on top of the rules and regulations.
As soon as staff members begin to slack on safety procedures, accidents are sure to follow. Look out for new starters with less experience working within this type of environment. They may need reminding more than senior team members who are familiar with the dos and don’ts on a construction site.
It should go without saying, but with so many people working in such a hazardous environment, you must have the relevant insurance in place to cover you in the event of an accident.
According to HSE’s 2020/2021 workplace injury report, there were 39 fatal accidents in the construction industry. This harrowing statistic brings home just how important workplace safety is and why insurance is required to protect you and your employees against any scale of accident, big or small.
Alongside general cover, you should also consider taking out professional indemnity insurance for the construction industry. This covers you against claims made for negligence, such as defective work or giving the wrong professional advice.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a collection of protective items and clothing that enable construction work to be carried out safely for each worker.
It is a legal requirement for all employees to have access to the relevant PPE, such as hardhats and hi-vis vests, which should always be worn when on-site. As part of their duty of care towards any staff member under their management, a responsible project manager must remind workers of their obligation to wear this equipment. Failure to wear the mandatory PPE on-site could cause serious insurance issues if a workplace accident occurs.