Building site safety

1. Communication

It is well known that one major cause of accidents is poor communication, which is due in part to the large diversity of nationalities and the need to ensure people are supervised sufficiently in a timely manner.

2. Personal protection

As an employer, you are required by law to provide safe working conditions and personal protective equipment, e.g. safe work clothes, shoes, and head and hearing protection. This is an absolute given as the building industry is beset by hearing damage.

The latest figures show the seriousness of the problem, namely, one in five construction workers has poor hearing. In fact, 13 % have been made permanently deaf due to building site noise. This is why the labor inspectorate will perform additional inspections in the building industry. 

When noise exceeds 80 dB(A), it can cause hearing damage and the employer must provide ear plugs or ear muffs for hearing protection. It is even better when a machine is shielded using a sound barrier. This soundproofing tarpaulin reduces ambient noise by at least 32 dB.

3. Danger of falling, stumbling, and slipping 

You can limit the number of stumbles and falls by keeping building site facilities orderly and ensuring that it is neatly cleaned up. You can use semi-permanent mobile fences to shield off dangerous areas and restrict stumbles and falls.

4. Facilities and logistics

You can install access control, for example, a sliding gate, at a strategic location to keep undesired visitors outside the building site and maintain insight into who is located on your building site. Vandalism and theft can be reduced by using ‘smart’ logistics, namely, the just-in-time delivery of materials. This fosters a safe work environment.