November 13, 2020
Heavy & Small Plant Hire, Plant Machinery, Diggers, Dumpers, Skidsteers & Rollers, Potters Bar, Essex, Kent & London
Although it’s been a tough year for all, productivity and innovation within the construction industry has remained on an even keel. Large and small scale projects up and down the country in places like Hatfield have continued to develop. Whether it’s regeneration in forgotten areas, additions in city centres, infrastructure updates or home improvements, there has been lots of building activity.
One important consideration in all this is the health and safety of construction workers and other staff. If you are employing others or carrying out tasks alone you should adhere to these simple rules while onsite:-
1. Personal Protective Equipment [PPE]
Hi-vis jackets, helmets, safety goggles, protective gloves and boots have been joined by face masks and hand gel for reasons we are all too familiar with. The Construction Industry Training Board [CITB] offer a free ecourse for site managers and supervisors on how to keep their team safe at this time. It covers areas like infectious risk, distancing, planning, site facilities and cleaning and emergency procedures.
2. Use Scaffolding Correctly
Do not take shortcuts or improvisations when erecting or using scaffolding or access equipment. Make sure the ground they are built on is stable and that damage or wear is dealt with immediately.
3. Display Clear Signs
Potential hazards are everywhere on construction sites for workers and the public alike, so signs need to be prominent and concise. Proper signage is known to prevent many accidents caused by things like falling objects, the presence of chemicals and moving machinery.
4. Use Technology
Apart from the advanced safety technology included in the design of products by brands like Kubota, there are other options to keep workers safe such as phone apps. These apps can be set to effectively raise the alarm if a problem is detected. Smart phones can also be used to communicate regularly with other workers where there is excessive noise.
5. Tools and Equipment Inspection
Defective tools and equipment represent increased risk for workers so checks should be carried out regularly. This is less of a problem where items are hired from reputable companies such as Rhinos.