Worksite safety is always paramount no matter the job being done, all precautions must be taken. Did you know in the year 2018 alone, 82000 workers in construction sites within the UK, reported suffering from work-related injuries and ill health, and many of these are long-standing. 62% of the injuries and illnesses were related to musculoskeletal disorders, which is also the highest in comparison to other industries. Surprisingly 25% of the injuries and illnesses fall into stress, depression or anxiety, which many of us may not be aware of.
A total of 38 fatal injuries were reported in 2017/2018, 48% of this was due to falling from height. From the 58,000 non-fatal injuries, falling injuries and injury due to improper handling or carrying, form a major cause.
Daily productivity is also affected, as 2.4 million working days have been lost in the past 4 years. A total of £1,062 million was spent in the year 2016/2017 on medical expenses alone, which is a cost to society shared between individuals, employers and government/taxpayers.
Both HSE and local authorities are actively enforcing health and safety legislation in an attempt to reduce the incident rates. For example, issuance of the enforcement notice and enforcing new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences enforced in February 2016.
While precautions and regulations are essential, we can only see changes if workers at construction sites adhere to the work site guidelines.
Here are five simple tips for everyone to follow to ensure safety for all within construction sites.
This could make a notable difference when you wear your personal-protective equipment at work, protecting you from a vast amount of potential injuries. When any of your helmet, ear protection, knee pad and hi-vis jackets become worn out or slightly damaged, replacements must be sourced immediately, this ensures continued safety for all workers.
Ensuring that scaffolding is built on stable ground and solid footings eliminates the chance of it collapsing. Give equal importance to maintenance & repair any damage correctly to ensure that the scaffolding is full effective and working correctly. Attending training on scaffolding training and also working at height is paramount for safety with scaffolding.
The tools and equipment that you use on a daily basis to get your job done should be regularly inspected to ensure they are working with no faults. Do highlight to the supervisor if there is any defective equipment that call stall work or danger others. It can save you from higher risks of severe accidents.
Being the top reason for fatal accidents, it is your responsibility as well as the employer to certify you for having the correct knowledge, skills, experience and that you are physically fit before carrying out work at height. There are many risks involved when working at height, so being trained to work at height helps to minimise any potential risks.
You will never know when a mishap can happen on a construction site. Everyone is busy with their work, and a deadly accident can happen to you or anyone, hence to always be cautious, alert and aware of surroundings all the time is paramount for safety.
Remember your safety is in your hands. Regularly practising work safety on work sites eventually form your behaviour, which can save you from unwanted incidents. Again, prevention is always better than cure.
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