Building site safety is of utmost importance as they contain hazards and risks that put everyone in danger. To keep all parties safe, the implementation of effective safety measures is mandatory.
These include the provision of PPE, comprehensive safety policies, and contingency plans. For large construction sites managed by corporations and specialist project management firms, this is an easier task.
However, property development projects, home renovations, and self-builds are often managed by the owner, investor or self-employed tradesman. In these cases, some do not know about the correct safety measures. So, what are some basic rules for building site safety on a smaller project? Safety is an important factor in the success of your construction projects so we invite you to continue reading to learn the safety procedures you need to know!
What You Need To Know About Building Site Safety Procedures and Practices
1. Always wear appropriate PPE.
It should go without saying, but when in and around a building site everyone should wear appropriate personal protective equipment and safety clothing. Tradesmen and workers must always wear the PPE as a requirement of their job. For example, a bricklayer should always wear protective footwear to avoid damage from falling bricks. The same goes for visitors to the site. In fact, they should be provided with hi-vis vests and hard hats to ensure visibility and protection.
2. Report malfunctions or defects.
Machinery, tools, and equipment are one of the biggest hazards on a building site. You must communicate clearly to the team any defects, faults, or malfunctions. Workers must also be aware of issues with materials because these could cause further complications.
3. Avoid distractions.
Anything besides total concentration is disastrous on a building site. During work hours, all workers should avoid distractions to protect themselves and their colleagues. This includes removing the temptation of mobile phones or other technology that disrupt focus. Implementing an effective communication method between team members can also help to work safely while operations are ongoing.
4. Keep work areas tidy.
All areas of a building site must be as clear as possible at all times. Access and emergency exit pathways must also be especially tidy in case of emergency. A cluttered or messy work area can increase the risk of slips, trips, and falls, all of which can hinder the progress of a building project and bring about legal issues.
5. Provide adequate training.
Relevant safety training should be provided to all new starters and apprentices, as well as existing workers who need a refresh. Learning more about health and safety on a building site can help to increase accountability in a team and develop an effective safety culture –both of which can lower the risk of serious accidents and mistakes.
These tips will keep your project running smoothly and safely. If you have any questions or suggestions, we always love to hear from you in the comments below. Also below are links to more interesting and useful articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.
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