Safety Within The Construction Industry
Tips & Tricks
There have been drastic changes to safety measures within the construction industry over the past 150 years. We have seen greater access to education and healthcare whilst improvements to science and technology have provided a safer working environment. 
In 1974, the Health & Safety at Work Act was introduced to encourage and control employers to take a duty to keep their employees safe whilst carrying out activities at work. Whilst the introduction of these new regulations assisted in reducing the amount of site hazards and accidents, the construction industry still accounts for 40% of health and safety penalties, more than any other industry. Construction workers are exposed to a range of hazards daily and therefore, it is imperative that the right safety measures are put in place on site to reduce any potential hazards. 

Here at Serac Tech, we have put together some of our top tips for staying safe on site! 

  1. Wear The Correct Protective Gear 

Wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential when working on site. It is your last line of protection should you come into contact with a hazard. Wearing it can be the difference between a minor injury or a long term and potentially fatal industry. PPE should include items such as helmets, safety boots, high-vis jackets, safety goggles and knee pads. 

  1. Do Your Health & Safety Training 

It is vital in the construction industry to be aware of the potential hazards that may arise on site before you begin work. Employees should be fully competent and understanding of the risks associated with their actions, especially when working from a height, with machinery or in confined spaces. Employees should also have the ability to administer first aid if necessary.

  1. Use & Follow Hazard Signs 

Hazard signs are an indication of any potential dangers on a live construction site. These signs are vital when it comes to the safety of construction workers as it literally can be the difference between life and death. Employees should be aware of what each sign means and should be tested on this before they enter any active construction sites. 

  1. Ensure That You Are Fully Equipment Trained 

Misuse of tools and equipment has been for many years one of the most common causes of accidents at construction sites. It is essential that all employees are fully trained and qualified to use all kinds of tools and equipment before they go on site and that these are kept on record. It is also important to renew these qualifications when necessary. Lastly, keep any manuals for equipment on site in case these need to be referred to, especially in an emergency. 

For the safety of everyone on a construction site, it is vital that all health and safety measures are strictly kept to to avoid serious accidents. 

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