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4 ways to avoid common building site safety pitfalls

It would be fair to say that a building site is like no other workplace when it comes to worker safety. It has all sorts of risks and particularly when the winter months arrive, these risks simply increase.

Of course, with building developments springing up more than ever before, this is something we can’t avoid. What we can do is pay more attention to these safety factors though, and through today’s post we will provide some suggestions on how your site can be made a lot safer in the modern-day world.

It’s not just the obvious physical concerns

There’s no doubt that this first point has become even more apparent following the recent coronavirus outbreak.

For a long time, we focused entirely on the obvious physical concerns of a building site. As it turns out, there are far more to these areas than you might imagine.

You need to make sure that any contractor on the site is followed the standard hygiene protocols, and they are armed with enough tools to cope with coronavirus and other threats.

Sometimes, it might just be about wearing gloves, but you also need to make sure that nobody is carrying any potentially dangerous illnesses to the site where they can spread quickly.

Although the physical issues still matter

At the same time, don’t ignore the physical threats completely. Whether it is a trip hazard, or just following the basic health and safety protocols that govern all building sites, you need to pay attention.

Little else needs to be said about this point but with all of the current media focus around coronavirus, it’s important to not forget about the basic H&S principles that have always governed building sites.

Signage is crucial

Something that can help with your plight to tackle the above two problems is signage. Unfortunately, building sites aren’t always manned by experienced workers and even if they are, they can still suffer with lapses in concentration which can prompt monumental safety breaches.

This is where signage is crucial. Make sure that you don’t just stick to the legal guidelines with signage, but you go beyond this. Some of this might even be specific to your building site. For example, if you have some “insider knowledge” of a certain defect with an area of a property, make sure this is signaled loud and clear via signs.

Use technology to your advantage

One of the biggest concerns for a lot of building sites are lone workers. Again, these are dangerous environments, and if someone is working alone they are immediately under a lot of risk. It’s here where recent technology can come to your advantage. There are now some devices, and even apps, that can send an alert to a team if no movement has been recorded by a specific worker. 

Particularly on larger sites, where you might be working more in isolation, these developments can be a significant move and help you lower the risks of one of construction’s biggest concerns. By using some of the tactics that we have mentioned above, you can work to ensure that you are protected in your working environment along with your team of colleagues.