We can provide experienced Construction Health and Safety Advice for your company on a retained basis via one of our membership schemes or just a one off whichever suits you. We can help you not only comply but perhaps even more importantly have a safe site.
Construction is a risky business and it is a legal requirement to have competent Construction Health and Safety advice, with nearly 13 workers per 100 000 being killed in construction, as against five per 100 000 in the all-sector average.
Construction work also exposes workers to a wide range of health problems: from asbestosis to back pain; hand—arm vibration syndrome to cement burns.
Before Construction Work Starts on Site
Health and safety should be designed into construction work, before, during and after the building phase. It is cheaper and easier to control the risks to workers in construction before work starts on site, for example by:
- putting in place a purchasing policy for machinery and work equipment (for example, buying tools with low noise and vibration emissions);
- setting health and safety requirements in tender specifications (meeting national legislation as a minimum);
- planning the work process to minimise the number of workers who could be harmed (for example, schedule noisy work when the least number of workers are likely to be exposed);
- starting your control activities before getting to site (for example, by planning, training, site induction and maintenance activities);
- setting down the procedures for effective consultation and participation of workers on safety & health issues;
- ensuring all persons, including managers, are trained and able to carry out their work without risk to the safety or health of themselves or other workers as required under CDM Regulations 2015.
Key Hazards and Risks
There are many ways to be killed, injured, or suffer ill-health on a construction site, including:
- falling from a height;
- being involved in a vehicle accident;
- getting an electric shock;
- being buried during excavation work;
- being struck by falling material;
- breathing in asbestos fibres;
- suffering a bad back from handling heavy materials;
- coming into contact with dangerous substances;
- suffering hearing loss from loud noise;
Management on Site
Employers, with project supervisors, must cooperate and protect workers’ health and safety. This can be achieved by:
- avoiding risks to all workers;
- evaluating risks that cannot be avoided;
- combating risks at source;
- using collective measures to protect workers;
- using individual measures where there are no other alternatives;
- establishing emergency procedures;
- informing workers of the risks present and the necessary control measures;
- ensuring the appropriate training is given.
The process of evaluating risks that cannot be avoided is called a risk assessment. It should identify:
- potential dangers (hazards);
- who might be harmed and how seriously;
- how likely this harm might happen;
- the actions required to eliminate or reduce the risk to workers;
- which actions should be taken first.
The control measures should be put in place and checks made to ensure that they are working and are meeting legal requirements.
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