Bradley Markham, director at Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has shared a five-step checklist for construction site managers and health and safety professionals to consider.
This comes as the Health and Safety Executive say construction remains one of the most hazardous industries, accounting for a quarter of all fatal injuries to workers in the UK.
Construction employs 2.2 million people and relies heavily on its dedicated work force – therefore, it is vital that the industry takes all the necessary steps possible to ensure a safer working environment.
Here are the five steps…
First and foremost, it is imperative at the start of any project to identify all the risks involved ahead of the work that is being carried out. Conducting a full risk assessment will ensure all employees involved are aware of any hazards that may pose a risk to workers.
Following the risk assessment, it will become much clearer on exactly which products your site requires to ensure maximum site safety and best practice.
From fire extinguishers to alarm systems, through to first aid equipment and spill kits, having the right equipment could mean the difference between life and death.
Fire extinguishers are one of the most important products to have on site. If you’re unsure of which fire extinguisher to have on site, you’re not alone.
A recent survey carried out by our team revealed that more than 38% of workers are using the wrong type of fire extinguisher on an electrical fire, while more than 10% would use a foam extinguisher to put out an electrical fire. However, Bull’s mission is to help you ensure your site is compliant.
The list of safety products your site may require are endless but each one will prove vital when it matters the most.
Workers should play a large part in managing health and safety risks. Therefore, training your staff is fundamental so that accidents and injuries are avoided.
Access to first aid can help an injured person make a quicker recovery and even save lives. If your employees become ill or fall injured at work, there is a legal requirement for you to provide appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to administer the first aid.
First-aid arrangements should cover shifts, night and weekend working so managers may need to appoint or train several people to ensure adequate cover.
Falls are the most common cause of death in the construction industry and account for 50% of fatalities. Before any work is completed at a height, it is crucial to take precautions to prevent or reduce the risk of injury.
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