It goes without saying that a building site can be a particularly hazardous workplace. There are potential safety hazards everywhere you turn – you could trip over equipment, fall from scaffolding or cause an injury with equipment – the list goes on and on. As dangerous as all that sounds, there are a few simple guidelines which, when followed correctly, will ensure the safety of everyone on your building site.
- Insist on the use of protective equipment and clothing at all times
The first step in ensuring a safe building site is to ensure that everybody who steps foot on your site, including visitors, is wearing the appropriate safety and protective equipment and clothing. This includes, at a minimum, high-visibility jackets and safety helmets or hard hats. High-vis jackets ensure greater visibility of people on the site while safety helmets can protect the wearer’s head from penetration by an object as well as absorbing the physical impact of a blow by an object. For greater safety, you should consider safety helmet logo printing which will allow you to print your business logo on the helmet, making it easier to identify visitors or even unauthorised personnel on your building site.
- Ensure scaffolding is safe and secure
The majority of building sites necessitate the use of scaffolding (a type of platform that is used for specific works that are required at height). Assembling scaffolding should be done carefully and correctly and safe care should be taken when it is being dismantled or altered in any way. Scaffolding that is not assembled correctly can become unstable putting anyone working on it in great danger. Care should also be taken to ensure that scaffolding is not overloaded, as doing so will cause the structure to become unstable. In the same way, you should ensure that the scaffolding has adequate netting and brick guards, should there be a possibility of falling materials.
- Erect adequate signage
Proper signage should be put in place around your building site. The most important signs will alert people to electricity lines, construction traffic crossing and will also alert people to the need for protective equipment and clothing on the site. It is also important to have signage in place that directs all visitors to the foreman’s office to sign in and receive the adequate equipment and clothing.
- Be aware of the danger of excavations
If a project involves underground excavations, you should ensure that the correct measures are taken to ensure safety. Most importantly, all underground excavations should be properly supported so as to prevent the excavation from crumbling or collapsing on itself. In addition, you should insist on protection around the excavation to prevent people or even machinery falling into the excavation.
Ensuring that these measures are in place vastly minimises the health and safety risks that are associated with building sites. While it may be near impossible to protect against all dangers, these measures will go some way to proving the necessary protection of works and visitors to your building site.