Construction Worker And Site Safety
May 5, 2021
Any company should be aware of health and safety legislation that protects the business, its employees, and customers against preventable accidents occurring in the workplace.
Similarly, every business is probably aware of all of the work accident compensation claims that get awarded to victims when there has been a breach of these rules. That’s why it pays to be extra careful: you can’t take any chances.
Slips and trips are some of the most common workplace accidents. People with broken toes, sprained ankles and nasty bruises, even if they don’t raise a claim for damages, might still require time off from work to recover. Ultimately, not protecting against these sorts of hazards will have some sort of financial implications for a business.
However, there is a wide range of non-slip flooring available, one of which is sure to suit your business requirements and keep your staff and clients safe.
For steps, brightly colored, self-adhesive treads provide a visual warning as well as a non-slip, gritty surface that bonds to most surfaces and complies with the Disability Discrimination Act. Alternatively, a step marker coating can be painted on and will give a non-slip edging in with one coat.
For slippery surfaces, internally or externally, some paints and sprays can quickly ensure safe passage. Some of these paints consist of a course textured epoxy resin costing, which provides extra grip underfoot or for wheelchairs.
For areas that are likely to be wet, i.e. pools, decking, or exposed walkways, an anti-slip spray can quickly provide a slightly textured, satin finish that is safe on bare feet.
For a more easily changeable measure, matting is a great option. Entrance mats will absorb rain and mud, preventing it from smearing on the floor. These mats are washable. A PVC welded lightweight grid mat provides a non-slip surface and is easily rolled up for cleaning underneath. A photoluminescent version lights the way in dim corridors.
There are a plethora of options available to suit all needs and budgets, each will keep your employees’ feet firmly on the ground.
Keeping Your Construction Site Safe
More and more workers are falling foul to negligent health and safety practices employed by construction, engineering, and many other trade firms. By not employing correct health and safety laws, both the worker and the business will suffer. The Health and Safety Executive will come down on businesses not practicing health and safety rules like a ton of bricks so it’s in your best interests to abide by the law.
As an employer, you alone are responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of workers and any others who may be affected by what you do. This includes employees on a construction site, the general public walking past the site, clients, trainees, and many more.
By handing out hard hats, luminous yellow vests, and steel-toed boots, businesses can keep their workers visible and partially safe on construction sites. However, there are many other aspects of health and safety to consider too. Are your workers protected when working at height? How is the structural integrity of your scaffolding? Have your construction vehicles, like forklifts or dumper trucks, concrete chainsaws been properly checked for safety? Have you considered electrical safety, like hitting power lines, across the site?
Appointing the first aider on site is a must. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all construction sites to have a first aid box with enough equipment to cope with the number of workers, an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements, and information telling workers the name of the appointed person on and where to find them.
There are also some legal documents to fill out to certify your site is safe. Legal requirements concerning notifications, risk assessments, safety plans, and examination reports must be produced and submitted to the HSE. All of the relevant documents can be found on the HSE website so there is no excuse not to fill in the appropriate forms.