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What are the Best Fuel and Water Storage Solutions for Construction Sites?

Construction sites are associated with a variety of hazards. Some of these such as the presence of heavy equipment or dangerous equipment are more noticeable. However, there are other risks which might not be as apparent to the naked eye. Fuel and water storage are two common concerns and yet, there may be times when management does not appreciate how to prioritise such requirements. The fact of the matter is that certain types of fuel may be prone to spontaneous ignition and the associated vapours can easily lead to a flash fire. In the same respect, water needs to be stored safely so that issues such as health and sanitation are not called into question. What do governmental regulations say in regards to fuel and water storage construction sites? Are there any particular concerns which management needs to address? What types of solutions should be chosen in order to ensure a higher degree of on-site safety? A Quick Look at the Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 Otherwis...

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Top 5 Suggestions When Hiring Plant Machinery

There are many occasions when it makes more sense to hire plant machinery as opposed to making an outright purchase. Not only is this an extremely cost-effective option, but you can remain confident that all equipment has been properly maintained in order to enhance levels of on-site safety and efficiency. Still, there are innumerable companies which deal with these services and it can be somewhat confusing to know the types of equipment that are suitable for your requirements. This is why taking a look at a handful of targeted plant and machinery hire tips is important if you wish to make an informed and logical decision. What factors should enter into the equation? 1. Pragmatic Safety Concerns Safety is a paramount concern before hiring any type of on-site equipment. Serious injuries, property damage and even fatal situations can occur if the machinery is not properly maintained according to all of the latest guidelines. This is why it is crucial to choose firms which place a g...

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How To Improve Safety With Correct Material Handling And Storage On A Construction Site

We are all aware that construction sites are extremely fluid environments. They are associated with a great deal of movement, the presence of potentially dangerous machinery and the risk of injury if the correct safety protocols are not put in place. Still, some concerns are more apparent than others. One of the issues which is often left unattended until an accident takes place involves material handling and storage on construction site locations. How can you and your team improve existing on-site storage techniques? What key takeaway points should be adopted? In order to ensure the safety of employees as well as the general public, the information contained below should never be taken for granted.  Designate Specific Storage Areas On-site awareness is the first factor to address. It is important to allocate specific areas of a property to satisfy your storage requirements. Different zones can be used to address different types of waste such as: Organic waste...

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The Importance Of Keeping Your Construction Site Clean

Construction sites can be notorious for the number of hazards which are present on a daily basis. These may include everyday issues such as automated machinery to one-off events including the failure to clean up hazardous rubbish after a large renovation. To put these observations into perspective, the Health and Safety Executive estimates that more than 64,000 employees are injured every year to this lack of oversight (1). It should, therefore, be obvious that cleanliness is next to godliness if you hope to maintain a safe and efficient operation. Numerous Health and Safety Issues One of the main issues associated with an untidy construction site is that workers who are otherwise following the rules and regulations might still become inadvertently injured. From slipping on a piece of debris to becoming burned by harsh chemicals that were left unattended, the hazards are very real. While the number of construction-related jobs throughout the United Kingdom comprises only five per...

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How To Safely Use On-Site Water and Fuel Storage Facilities

Fuel is a hazardous, highly inflammable substance and must be handled and stored with care. If you are storing fuel in an on-site storage container, safety is absolutely paramount. Equally, there are also important guidelines to follow when storing water. The following guidelines will help to ensure that your onsite fuel storage is environmentally safe and complies with the regulations.   Safe on-site fuel storage A fuel storage container must be robustly made and properly supported by an adequate structure. A tank designed for indoor use must only be used indoors as it is dangerous to funnel fuel to an exterior location. Check that the tank is suitable for the fuel you are planning to store before renting or making a purchase. • When refilling or treating with an additive, monitor for contamination to ensure that there are no plugging or gelling issues. • Only fill the fuel storage container to the recommended level. Fuel expands as the temperature rises...

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Water Storage Solutions: Choosing The Best Products

How do you choose the best water storage solutions? Water is the most important element on the planet, our human existence would be impossible without its presence. When it comes to site work, it may shock you to understand just how many ways in which we rely on and use water across the industry; something we tend to take for granted. While technology has come a long way over the years, it is still critical to understand how to determine which water storage solutions are appropriate for your needs. There are many factors to take into account and some are likely to be more obvious than others. This is why it is a good idea to break this subject down into a few key sections so that you will be able to make a safe and informed decision when the time is right. Sanitary and Hygiene Concerns Many water storage products are intended to offer hygienic solutions for common human needs such as washing, drinking and bathing. In such cases, it is critical that the unit in question is able...

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Working in a Dusty Environment

Understanding the Hazards of Working in a Dusty Environment   Countless workers across the UK will need to face environmental hazards on a daily basis. Some risks such as heavy machinery or exposure to chemicals are more obvious. However, others are not always recognised as easily. One example is the presence of high levels of dust. While such a situation might not initially appear threatening, there are actually a number of serious concerns to take into account.   Construction Site Dust: Much More Than Meets the Eye   The first thing to appreciate is that the types of dust can be broken down into three main categories: Non-silica dust (cement, plasterboard and certain types of stone). Silica dust (sand, mortar and some varieties of concrete). Dust derived from wood and wood byproducts.   The associated health effects of dust will depend upon the type of particulate matter in the air. Another interesting observation is that some s...

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