According to a recent study conducted in the United States, working on a construction site of any nature is the job which carries the highest risk of fatal injury. At first glance this seems understandable, especially when the potential hazards are added up and duly considered.
There exists the danger of falling from great heights, the collapsing of trenches, the malfunction and collapsing of scaffolding, the risk of electric shock, the failure of equipment which results in injury and even repetitive motion injuries. The conundrum however becomes apparent when one considers the simplicity of the prevention of these risks as taught in health and safety training; such as in the wide variety of safety courses offered by Strat Training. Health and safety training is vital in order for any site to function at optimum capacity whilst simultaneously protecting its labourers.
In order to increase the safety of any construction site a supervisor, preferably with health and safety training, needs to be appointed to identify, assess and report any workplace hazards. Individual risks and dangers to employee-safety can then be dealt with individually. In order to promote safety on-site the following tips for construction site safety, as well as adequate safety training, should be made available to all employees.
Basic tips for construction site safety:
Ultimately, the best way to avoid unnecessary danger and risk on a construction site is by providing the proper health and safety training to all on-site employees; in this way equipping the workforce to take responsibility for their own safety.