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Three tips to help keep workers safe on construction sites!
(By Robin, 6th March 2019)

Construction sites are well regarded as one of the most dangerous working environments in the UK. In 2018 alone, there was an estimated 58,000 work-related cases of injury (HSE statistics, 2018). One injury is too many and in most cases these accidents could have been prevented with proper PPE and signage. Use these three helpful tips to keep your worksite safe.

Always wear the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Working on construction sites, it’s essential that workers wear the correct protective gear. This starts from and not just limited to; Helmets, Hi Vis clothing and ear defenders. PPE can make the difference between a near miss, injury or in some unfortunate cases - death.Make sure to routinely inspect your PPE for any damage, any PPE found to be unsuitable for use should be replaced as soon as possible.

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Safety signs are important

Next to PPE, safety signs are required provision for construction sites. Safety signs are cost effective solution to communicating potential dangers. It’s essential to highlight potential hazards to not only those on site but to the general public – safety signs are extremely essential to sites near populated areas as they can redirect pedestrians to a safer routes. Safety signs allows workers to practice situational awareness by ensuring they are keeping safety at the front their minds – ‘safety helmets must be worn in this area’.

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Fire systems can save lives

The risk of fire is amplified at construction sites due to different types of material stored/used, machinery and equipment used. It can take just a spark that can engulf a whole site and bring devastation, that is why extensive and calculated fire systems should be implemented to sites.Strategically placing fire extinguishers near where there is a risk of a fire is advised for example kitchens. Training your team on how to act in case of a fire can also save lives. Site managers need to inspect all fire alert systems are in good condition and ensure that exit signs are in clear view.

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Reference: HSE, - http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/construction.pdf

 


 

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