Construction requires greater safety

In this blog, we examine the most common safety risks and give you the answer to the question: what measures must be taken to mitigate these risks?

Safety regulations and occupational hazards

The primary cause of the high number of accidents is, amongst other factors, poor communication due to the great diversity of nationalities at a building site and insufficient supervision. The next most common occupational hazards include: danger of falling, not wearing personal protective equipment, and injuries due to stumbling, sliding, or slipping.

Danger of falling

Over half of all accidents that occur at a building site are the result of a fall from a height. From a legal standpoint, all construction workers working at a height of two and a half meters or more must use scaffolds. This includes fencing or handrails. Hazardous areas must be closed off using temporary fences, e.g. holes, pits, or open floors.

Personal hearing protection

Employers are required to provide their employees with healthy and safe working conditions and personal protective equipment, such as safety clothing, footwear, and, head and hearing protection. Construction workers regularly have to deal with the noise nuisance caused by rattling machines or tools. When that noise exceeds 80 dB(A), it can cause hearing damage and the employer must provide earplugs or earmuffs for hearing protection. It is even better when a machine is shielded using a special sound-dampening barrier, such as Noise-Control barrier fencing. This fence with soundproofing tarpaulin reduces ambient noise by at least 20 dB.

Layout and logistics

Making the building site completely secure is also of great importance. We recommend you install appropriate access control to optimize security at the building site to keep out undesirables and prevent vandalism. This prevents unwanted visitors from entering the building site and also allows you to track who is present at the building site.

Vandalism and theft can be reduced by using ‘smart’ logistics. By ‘smart’ logistics, we mean the just-in-time delivery of materials. This reduces the opportunities for theft to occur and also provides you with an improved understanding of what construction materials are present.

Prevent stumbling and slipping

Of course, the risk of stumbling or falling is always present. But, you can ensure that the building site is kept neat and tidy, and is clearly laid out. For example, mark off hazardous areas. Install semi-permanent temporary fences. Use clamps to secure the fences to poles in the ground to limit the presence of large concrete blocks.

Unobstructed public thoroughfare

Make sure the public can pass by the building site without being obstructed. We recommend that suitable measures be taken, particularly in urban areas, where there are a lot of pedestrians. You can Use City Fences to provide suitable thoroughfares around the building site.

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Posted by Roel Meuldijk on 23 May 2019
Health & Safety Director (SHE) at CRH Europe Products