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Construction sites can be a dangerous place if the proper precautions aren’t put in place. The safety of your workforce should be the main priority. Below we list a few ways to keep your construction site safe.
Employee inductions are a legal requirement for anyone new to working on a construction site. This is an opportunity to explain all the hazards and potential risks of the construction site and the rules and regulations to follow as well as what to do in the event of an accident.
This briefing will help reduce the risk of an accident or more serious incident from happening in the future. All inductions need to be recorded and are usually completed as part of the employee probation process.
Regular team meetings are the perfect opportunity to raise issues surrounding the health and safety and well-being of the employees on a construction site.
The meetings are important for all employees to provide feedback if they feel there is a significant issue to their health and well-being. The safety meeting should be an open forum and it can also be a place to praise your workforce for enforcing the safety regulations.
Nobody likes to do paperwork but sometimes it is a necessity, and it can have a huge bearing on the safety of a construction site.
Paperwork can include checks and inspections as well as accident report forms and sign in and out sheets. If you keep a detailed record you are following and adhering to all the legal requirements.
Not too dissimilar to an accident report is a near-miss report and while an incident might not result in an injury, reporting the near miss means that measures can be put in place to ensure that it never happens again, or the risk involved is reduced.
Another way to keep your construction site safe is by keeping it clean and tidy, OK we appreciate that construction sites can be full of mud, dust and other debris but keeping it clean means that all equipment, tools, and machinery are stored away where they won’t come to any immediate harm.
Many large companies will employ a safety manager whose main job is to ensure that all health and safety procedures and processes are followed, and all paperwork and training is undertaken.
If you cannot afford to employ a safety manager then the tasks can be delegated to management staff who can easily take on the responsibility. Site inspections should be carried out daily with a more in-depth inspection done a couple of times a month.
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