How to manage a construction site safely

Due to the variety of ongoing work on construction sites, there are many hazards which need addressing to ensure the safety of workers is of the upmost standard. As with any live working environment, there is always a possibility of hazardous issues. Equipment can malfunction, people can access dangerous areas and there’s a potential be exposed to harmful substances. With that in mind, it is vital that health and safety procedures are set out clearly, continuously refreshed and enforced within the workplace. Below are some measures which should be taken to ensure correct procedures are in place for the safety of construction site workers.

Training
Every worker on a construction site should be trained to a high standard on any machinery or work that they are undertaking. Workers should be kept up to date with the latest training available, whether that involves sending people on courses or having on-site trainers. While learning how to use machinery is vital, high level safety training should also be provided to minimise accidents occurring.

Communication
Without communication and team work, a construction site can be a very confusing and loud place. Providing workers with headsets or radios allows direct and clear communication at all times throughout the day. Start each shift with clear guidelines of what exactly is expected from each employee in terms of the work will be undertaken, to ensure that everyone is fully aware of what to expect.

Supervision
Every construction site should have a dedicated supervisor who oversees both the day to day running of the site and overall safety of the workers. The chosen individual should be responsible for ensuring each member of the team is trained to an appropriate standard and well prepared for the jobs they will be undertaking. Accidents can occur when people are incorrectly trained for the machinery they are working with, or if individuals have access to machinery that they are not adequately trained for, therefore it’s vitally important that safety standards are enforced in such a dangerous environment. Supervisors should be in charge of initial access to all machinery and should be the point of contact for all members of staff when wanting to start up their work. Fitting a set of key cabinets in the site office in an effective way of keeping machinery keys in one safe and secure place, in which only the supervisor can acquire access. This simple process should support minimising the risk of any employees working on machinery they are not trained for.

Equipment Checks
Every piece of equipment on site should be regularly checked for its safety and functionality. Clear procedures for how and when these safety checks are taken should be set out before any work begins. Equipment malfunctioning can cause serious injury to workers on site, and so it is vital all machinery is maintained and checked regularly.

By implementing these simple steps, you should be able to enforce clear and sensible health and safety boundaries, protect the wellbeing of your staff, and ensure work is being undertaken effectively and successfully.