Job Site Safety

Job Site Safety In Construction

It’s common knowledge that building sites can be very dangerous places to work. Year after year, many thousands of people are killed or badly injured working in construction. 

That’s why it is extremely important that people who work on building job sites maintain the highest possible standards of health and safety

Get Inducted Before Going On Site

Every job site has its own set of operations procedures and varying hazards And, as no 2 job sites are the same, it’s of vital importance that you work safely in line with the guidance given during your induction. 

Personal Protective Equipment

Check the PPE requirements for the site before you enter it and make sure you comply fully.
High visibility vest, safety boots and helmets have prevented serious injuries and saved countless lives. Wear your PPE or live to regret it if you have an accident!

Avoid All Possible Risks

One wrong move on a building site can have disastrous consequences. So, remember to think and act safely on site, setting a good example for others to follow.

Make Sure Job Sites Are Kept Tidy

Building sites are messy places with hazardous equipment, materials and waste all around. So, please ensure that you keep the area you work in neat and tidy.
In addition, pay close attention to access walkways as well escape routes. Slips, trips and falls caused by untidy workplaces account for around thirty percent of major injuries on building sites!

Avoid Areas That Are Unsafe

It’s up to you to ensure that the working area in your part of the job site is safe.
Ensure that your access is safe, avoid trenches that are unsupported, keep away from cranes and other hazardous lifting operations.
If you are working at height, make sure your are wearing appropriate PPE and that guard rails are used. Finally, please check to see if your site manager is using construction site safety software to control and manage risk.
Comply with Safety Procedures and Site Safety Signs
The site manager that oversees your induction should explain all necessary site safety procedures as well as the importance of safety signage.
When risk assessments are carried out which cover your working operations, please ensure that you read them and fully understand how to comply.

Report All Site Defects, Near Misses and Accidents

Do not ignore any potential hazards that you might come across. Make a report to your supervisor or site manager immediately. Again, you will have received instructions about how to do this at your induction.
So please follow the approved procedure even if it means having to fill out a form as well as telling your boss.
It makes safety sense to protect yourself and your work colleagues to do this as soon  as possible so that there is less chance for an accident happening.

Use The Correct Equipment For The Job

Using the right tools for a job will ensure that the job gets done safely and is usually quicker than making do with an unsuitable piece of equipment.
Before using site equipment, inspect it visually to ensure that it is working properly and safe to use.
If you are using electrical equipment, ensure the use of only 110 volt supply and powered tools.

Do Not Tamper With Work Equipment and Tools

Never, ever remove machine guards, scaffold ties or guard rails. Furthermore, do not attempt to repair a piece of equipment unless you are qualified to do so.
Even if you are competent to repair a particular piece of equipment, do not do so unless approved to do so by your manager.
If in doubt and something doesn’t look right – report it straight away.

If You Are Unsure About Anything – Ask Your Boss

If you are worried about something being wrong, not working properly or are simply unsure about what to do, have a word with your supervisor.
Mistakes on building sites can result in serious injuries and even loss of life!
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