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Working Safely in the Construction Industry

If you work in the construction industry, there are certain things you need to know to operate safely in your industry environment. To protect yourself, your co-workers and members of the public, good education and communication is absolutely essential. Employees should work with their management and be actively involved in reporting and reducing risk.

Reduce the Risk

Working at Height
The first thing you should consider is whether the work can be done from the ground. If so, take that option and reduce the risks. If not, clear method statements must be issued for everyone working at height. To work on a roof, you need a safe access plan so that falls from edges and openings can be prevented.

When using ladders, make sure they are safely positioned on a flat and stable surface. Avoid stepping on to the top rungs as this can compromise stability and choose ladders with rubber feet and slip-resistant treads. All scaffolding must be inspected regularly and erected in line with official safety requirements.

Organising the Site
To most effectively organise your site, you must make sure that members of the public are protected at all times. It is the responsibility of construction workers to block off hazardous openings and prevent all unauthorized persons, including children, from accessing sites.

You need to speak to your management if the required facilities are not available. These include toilets, rest areas, changing rooms and drinking water facilities. All industrial waste should be disposed of safely and building materials should be stored in a secure manner whenever they are not in use.

Accidents
Every year thousands of construction workers are injured in slips, trips and falls around industrial sites, due to uneven surfaces, obstacles, trailing cables and wet or slippery surfaces. The likelihood of this happening can be greatly reduced by keeping your site clean and tidy.

Structural stability is also an important area that must be managed to prevent accidents from occurring and official guidance on this can be found here. Stairwells, footpaths and corridors are the key access routes that must be effectively managed, with cables taped down or coiled away and waste building materials removed from site as quickly as possible. If you see something that could constitute a potential hazard, the best thing to do is to report it so it can be sorted out.

A Pleasant Atmosphere
Having some music to work to can really increase motivation and make the site environment more pleasant. If you're considering buying a DAB radio for your construction site, choose one that is specifically designed for a hardy working environment and encased in long-lasting rubber, like those available from Elcocks.

They will stand the test of time and bring enjoyment to you and your co-workers.

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