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Top 5 Health & Safety Risks in Construction

AG recently received a prestigious ROSPA Award for Health & Safety in recognition of our practices and achievements to help staff, clients and contractors get home safely at the end of the working day. After a lengthy application and demonstrating our commitment to the well-being of employees and those who may affected, we are extremely proud to have been successful and would like to share some of the main risks in the construction industry.

Slips, Trips & Falls

It comes as no surprise that construction workers are at risk of tripping, slipping and falling given the array of activities taking place on site. Due to the various stages of works and potentially uneven terrains and muddy walkways, accidents happen on a daily basis. Scaffolding could also be erected and materials and equipment stored so it is important that anybody attending site has the knowledge of what to look out for and are avoiding these risks to themselves and others.

Working at Height

This is one of the biggest causes of injuries in the construction world and is often caused by access restrictions on site. It is essential that employees are sufficiently trained to work at height and are aware of the potential risks. There are a huge range of courses available which will provide employees with a better understanding of the dangers, the risk assessment process and the importance of planning.

Moving Objects

It goes without saying that construction sites can at times be a little hectic! With several different works being undertaken at once and often within a small space, movement on site can be a danger to everybody. Employees and visitors must be aware of machinery going from A to B, overhead lifting equipment and movement of materials such as bricks etc.

Ensure you can always be seen by others!

Electricity

According to HSE, a voltage as low as 50 volts applied between two parts of the human body causes a current to flow that can block the electrical signals between the brain and the muscles. This may have a number of effects; stopping the heart beating properly, preventing the person from breathing and causing muscle spasms.

Despite this scary statement, many do not see electricity as a serious danger. In order to lower this risk, only trained and qualified personnel should be working on electrical jobs.

Noise

Noise on a busy construction site cannot be avoided however, there are steps employers / employees can take to reduce the likelihood of hearing loss and / or tinnitus.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations) came into force for most industry sectors in Great Britain on 6 April 2006. The aim of the Noise Regulations is to ensure that workers’ hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work.

It is important that the correct use of PPE is worn, quiet equipment is used and noise risk assessments are completed.

Remember, noise can also create distractions; the cause of many accidents!

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During the period 2016/2017, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed 30 fatal injuries and 64,000 non-fatal injuries were reported. They also estimate that 80,000 workers suffer from work-related ill health each year. Although there have been big improvements reducing the number of injuries, I am sure you will agree that the stats from HSE are still troubling for the industry.

Are you doing everything you can to help reduce risk to yourself and those around you?

AG are on hand to provide Health & Safety advice and ensure you are in line with The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM 2015).  CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance.