Safety On The Construction Site
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Safety On The Construction Site

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. According to national statistics there were 79,000 injuries reported on construction sites in the UK between 2015/16.

These injuries can be life threatening which isn’t something you want to happen every day. That is why safety is key. The one way to avoid injuries on the building sites are to make sure that your site is as safe as possible. Avoid accidents, stay safe and have an injury free New Year.Here are some must have items for your construction site to make it as safe as possible:

Protective Clothing

The most important part of making a construction site safe is making sure that the workers are well looked after. This means having the right protective clothing on site ready to wear.Items such as hard hats, goggles, hi-visibility jackets and steel toed boots are must haves. The hard hats are to protect from any falling objects and the goggles should be worn on dangerous machinery that can cause damage to the eyes.Making sure you have these on your site and they are items that must be worn by all staff means that you can keep your workers as safe as possible.

Relevant Lighting

If you are working outside in early mornings or late nights, especially during the winter then you need to make sure that you have enough lighting to be able to see what you are doing. You don’t want people driving cranes, diggers or any other machines when they can’t see what they are doing.Make sure that entrances, exits and any other areas that could pose a hazard a well-lit. However, it would be best to consider that through the winter times you could change your working hours to make sure you work in as much daylight as possible.

Portable Site Welfare Units

Construction sites can be in use for a long time. You might be working on a project for someone else or for yourself but no matter what the project is, a great safety feature to have is a portable site welfare unit.Having a portable site welfare unit on site means you don’t need to keep going back to your office to get on with your other business. This means there is always someone onsite to make sure everything's running smoothly.An added bonus of these welfare units is that your workers can make tea, have their lunch and use the built in toilet facilities.

Well Trained Staff

One of the easiest ways to keep yourself and your staff safe on a construction site is to make sure that they are well trained. You don’t want people operating heavy machinery and causing others harm because they don’t know what they are doing.Make sure your staff are well trained, know what to do in case of an emergency and are fully up to date on any safety briefings.This means supervising certain machines so that only those that are meant to be operating them are. This will help prevent injuries and also mean you get your work done a lot faster and more efficiently.For more information on site safety and portable site welfare units contact SRP Hire Solutions.