Top tips: Staying safe on site!

Mirren Dougan

June 5, 2018

The Health and Safety of our candidates and clients on site is a top priority here at CarmichaelUK. It’s for this reason that our health and safety expert, Nikki Norris, takes regular visits to the sites our candidates are working on to ensure that Health and Safety standards are being met.

Did you know that 11% of non-fatal injuries in the construction sector are from being struck by a moving object and 20% are a result of falling from a height? We don’t want you to be part of these statistics so we’ve put together our top 5 tips for staying safe on site:

1. Be aware of your surroundings – Each year, within the construction industry, approximately 10 people die as a result of being struck by heavy vehicles. Often when someone is stood too close to these vehicles the driver cannot see you fully and may not be aware of you below them. Be alert and aware of what is going on around you, keep away from moving vehicles and remember – if you cant see the driver, they cant see you either!

2. Implementation of emergency procedures – Managers and supervisors have a responsibility for ensuring safety. Everyone on site must be made aware of evacuation and emergency procedures so that they know how to react should an accident happen. There should always be an emergency plan as well as the appropriate first aid equipment available on site. If you’re unaware of what the procedures on site are, speak to a manager. Not understanding emergency procedures could potentially put you and the people around you in danger.

3. Appropriate PPE – When working on site, it’s important to always have on the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the task at hand. PPE includes all equipment used to protect employees from health and safety risks they might encounter at work, including injuries to the lungs, head, eyes, ears and skin. Hardhats, safety boots and high visibility clothing should always be considered as the bare minimum.

4. Report defects and near misses – If you notice a problem don’t ignore it; report it to your supervisor immediately. Action cannot be taken quickly and safely if management are not aware of the problem, and the sooner problems are resolved the less chance there is for an accident to occur.

5. Risk assessment – Risk assessments must always be carried out on a working site and be regularly reassessed, this will help you identify when and where an accident could happen. Some things to consider include; overturning, collisions, falls, disruption of hazardous materials and contact with machinery. Risk assessments will vary depending on the type of project you are working on, so always be alert.

At CarmichaelUK, we offer a number of schemes for our contractors to anonymously and confidentially report any concerns that they may have whilst on site, to find out more visit our Health and Safety page or view our Health and Safety policy. We also offer free medicals for all CarmichaelUK contractors, just another way we can ensure our contractors are in the best health!

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