Safety On The Construction Site

Safety On The Construction Site

Construction safety is of paramount importance on any construction site. Construction accidents have increased over the past decade. This trend is partly due to the increase in the housing boom and building trade and thus a significant increase in construction activities. When construction activity increases, so do construction accidents. Work-related deaths in this industry are significantly more common in the Construction industry due to the nature of the work. While accidents can be prevented, it can help to understand why they happen and how to avoid them.

Due to unsafe work practices, over the past 3 years on NSW construction sites:

  • 25,000 workers have been injured
  • 1700+ were left permanently disabled
  • 23 were killed

 [Source: SafeWork NSW]

We have compiled a list of construction safety tips to ensure the construction site is safe.

1 – Wear & Use Protective Safety Equipment

Every construction site worker knows they should wear safety gear, yet so many workers opt to not wear it. Every site issues hard hats, gloves, boots and safety glasses. Wearing them is non-negotiable and you are obligated my management and the other workers to wear them.

2 – Conduct daily safety site walkthroughs

It is worthwhile to carry out a daily walkthrough of the site to look for any potential hazards that may cause accidents. Construction sites change on a daily basis, so what seemed safe yesterday may no longer be safe today. It is essential to report any safety issue to managers. Daily walkthrough offer an opportunity to check that construction workers are wearing their safety gear and you can watch whether people are using the correct safety procedures and probably even spot a potential accident before it happens.

3 – Ensure there is safety signage on the construction site

Protect workers and the general public by providing signs. Post the signs at the entrance and other areas of the construction site where it is essential to wear safety equipment gear such as hard hats, safety footwear, hi-vis clothing or protective gloves. Signage is essentially important for ensuring safety and to defend against any potential liability claims. It is also necessary to provide clear and accurate directions to the site office. 

Entries and exits must be safe for everyone to use. They should be clearly lit, slip-resistant, signposted and clearly marked.

 4 – Practice safety procedures

It is necessary to constantly  train workers for safety procedures may.  It is necessary and essential so that the correct techniques become second nature. Safety training is different across different sites, however it often includes the use of specific site equipment, the correct methods of lifting, the right techniques get on and off machinery safely, ladder safety, and more. 

Retraining is required for those construction workers who have not carried out construction work for the past two years.

It is also essential that each construction worker holds a general construction induction card.

5 – Trip hazards and safe storage

Trips are often caused by poor visibility or cluttered floors. Always ensure you provide workers with appropriate storage areas to store items rather than leave them lying around. Floors should be slip resistant and free of any hazards, such as cables and loose tiles, which can cause slips or trips. Piles of debris can hide materials and pose fire hazards. Prevent accidents by storing all flammable liquids and toxic substances safely and securely.

Are you interested in doing industry training? Labor Solutions can organise this for you. Contact us to find out more.


31 August 2017 Posted By : Marcelle Isaac 0 Comments


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