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Enhanced safety on a construction site: How does it promote success?

  • 19 Dec 2023

Safety should be a top priority on any construction site. It’s widely known that the industry is prone to hazards, but risks become increasingly lethal for workers on-site.

In the UK, construction accounts for more fatal injuries to workers than any other industry, with 45 people killed from 2022 to 2023 alone. 

Staying safe on a construction site is crucial, and it’s something that takes strategic planning and careful commitment. Whether you’re a site manager or a new employee, it’s worth knowing how enhanced safely is directly linked to successful projects and greater profits…

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The benefits of a safe and compliant construction site

 

Reduced risks

 

When a construction firm follows protocol, risks reduce significantly. Each member of staff should stick only to their assigned tasks and responsibilities, especially where technical machinery or high-voltage equipment is concerned.

When a construction worker deviates from their niche, the risks multiply. If untrained employees attempt to control complex equipment, accidents are highly likely. 

Employers hold the responsibility to supply, issue and wear the correct gear in line with the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations. This is vital across the construction industry, no matter the size or nature of the site. 

Clear communication 

 

 

Clear and effective communication is essential, especially on construction sites where multiple contractors and subcontractors operate together. When a team communicates effectively, workers complete tasks more efficiently and to a higher standard. 

This is an obvious cost-saving benefit for employers, but also boosts the potential for positive customer feedback. When it’s clear that construction workers know the ins and outs of their role and responsibilities on-site, a firm is more likely to build a strong reputation in the industry.

Specific training, comprehensive onboarding, and targeted development are commonplace in construction firms that take health and safety seriously.

 

Enhanced employee support

 

Robust health and safety policies naturally extend to supporting the emotional and physical wellbeing of site workers. In the unfortunate event of injury occurring in any line of construction work, the recovery and consequential health effects can be long-lasting. 

In cases where an employee’s quality of life is severely impacted, or where they incurred life-changing injuries, any responsible firm should extend support. Employers in construction should help victims throughout the early recovery and encourage consultation with legal teams who specialise in brain injury claims or other, closely related circumstances.

 

Efficient hazard mitigation

 

Accidents can’t be prevented in every situation, but full health and safety compliance is almost always linked to improved risk mitigation. By conducting thorough risk assessments, reviewing company policies, and inspecting machinery on a regular basis, any construction firm is more likely to oversee safe and unproblematic daily operations. 

Furthermore, a commitment to health and safety will be reflected in the quality and standard of the equipment supplied to employees. With the correct tools, their tasks become easier. 

Overview

Minimising risk is a prominent challenge, especially with the industry under constant pressure from the government. Health and safety policies not only underpin successful project completion and high-quality construction, but they promote profitable, transparent trade. 

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