Construction is classed as one of the most dangerous industries to work in in the UK. Working at heights, combined with heavy machinery, the potential for falling objects and structural collapses all contribute to it being an industry where health and safety are imperative.
It is always crucial to ensure you are up to date with the health and safety guidelines for each site you are working on, but it never hurts to brush up on information that will help you stay safe every day in your job.
1. Always wear Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is designed to do exactly what it says on the tin, protect you. Wearing the correct PPE could be the difference between getting a minor injury and getting a fatal one.
You may have the standard PPE that you reach for daily, but it is always good practice to review the requirements for each site that you are working on. It could be that on one site as well as your hard hat, HIVIS vest and steel cap boots, you need to wear eye and ear protection, or on another, you need to wear a respiration mask.
Before going onto a new site, it is also good practice to check whether they are supplying the additional PPE you require or whether you need to bring it yourself.
2. Inspect all tools and machinery
If the tools of your trade aren’t working correctly, you can’t do your job properly. But it isn’t just the effect a faulty tool or machine can have on your work; it could also result in a serious accident occurring.
It doesn’t matter if the tools or machinery is your own, or it has been provided by the site, by regularly inspecting the equipment you are using you are protecting yourself and others around you.
It is both your responsibility and your employers, to highlight any serious equipment faults.
3. Communicate clearly with your colleagues
Communication is key, especially when working on a construction site. Your workplace may be a busy and noisy place, but as soon as you spot something that needs attention, be it faulty equipment or a dangerous situation, it needs to be reported immediately.
It isn’t all doom and gloom though, positive changes to the site can be made by communicating effectively. If you think of a way to improve working practices or have an idea about how to make the job safer, share it!
4. Attend Health and Safety training
Health and Safety guidelines are frequently updated, so even if you think you are well versed in the rules, it is essential to attend any training you’re offered by your employer. Not only does Health and Safety training make you aware of the risks associated with certain behaviours, but it also teaches you about first aid practices and how to administer basic life-saving techniques.
By staying up to date with rule changes and updates, you are protecting yourself and others.
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