Construction comes with a plethora of risks. Though most of these can be prevented through safety guidelines and precautionary measures, 2013/14 saw a total of “42 fatal injuries” in the sector, and 14 of these victims were self-employed.
On site, construction workers need to be alert and aware, not to mention fully trained to be able to deal with a high-risk situation. If your employees fail to identify potential risks, or they perform unsafe practices while working at height, or even on the ground, the results can be fatal.
So, if you’re an employer and your workers are due to commence operation on a construction site, read on. This blog post from NEAT will highlight just three ways to stay safe on a construction site.
It is a legal requirement that all construction workers are provided with the correct safety gear. Having the appropriate wear for the job can help to reduce the severity of an injury significantly, not to mention save a life. So before your employees get started, it is definitely worth checking that all workers are fitted with the appropriate gear.
Common construction site wear includes a helmet, fluorescent garments and heavy-duty work boots.
Before your workers make use of the equipment available to them, or step onto a structure, regular inspections should be carried out for safety purposes. Even if a structure looks stable, it may not be as harmless as it seems. You should enforce regular inspections as company policy before any work can commence. This way, your workers are taking precautionary measures to ensure the security and protection of the whole team.
As mentioned, your team of workers should be fully trained. If you believe your employees are lacking some understanding or knowledge regarding the work they are carrying out onsite, IPAF training can help.
Available in towns and cities across the UK, including Newcastle and Tyne and Wear, IPAF training can provide your future and existing employees with the training required to stay safe and perform the job at hand, to the correct standard.
If you’re interested in sending your workers on an IPAF training course, or if one of your workers has enquired, North East Access Training can help.
We specialise in providing first-class IPAF training and offer the opportunity for participants to receive a qualification. This means your future and existing employees will be fully licensed to carry out jobs that require them to work at height.
Not only will the course take your workers through the theoretical and practical sides of working at height, it will inform them of necessary health and safety measures. This will ensure maximum protection onsite.
So get in touch today for more information, or browse the rest of our site to find out more about what we can offer you. We look forward to hearing from you.