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Top 10 Health & Safety Risks in Construction


How well are you managing your health and safety risks? In the UK and other countries, construction is one of the largest industries. Because of the risks associated with vehicles, equipment, and manual labour, it can be notoriously hazardous. Here are the top 10 health and safety risks associated with this sector and what can be done to mitigate them.


1. Working at Height


Construction workers are often required to work at heights. Each year, many people are injured or killed while working at heights and in the case of mobility restrictions, the risks are heightened. The safety of workers is dependent on training, and Base Solutions offers relevant courses related to working at heights. Click here to learn more


Risk factors include:

  • Unsecured scaffolding or ladders

  • Lack of safety nets or guardrails

  • Unprotected edges

  • Loose equipment stored on roofs or raised pathways

Prevention:


The HSE guidelines recommend that, if work at height cannot be avoided, a risk assessment should be done and preventative measures implemented. It is important that all work from height be planned, controlled and supervised. In addition, the workforce must be fully informed of the procedures and trained to use the equipment. Among the measures to minimize risks are safety nets, guard rails, and keeping equipment secure.

2. Slips, Trips and Falls


Considering how much is going on at construction sites on a daily basis, it's not surprising that accidents happen. When there is so much going on, you could use an extra pair of eyes to keep an eye on holes in the ground, stored materials, and equipment. Click here to learn more


Risk factors include:

  • Wet and slippery surfaces

  • Materials or equipment left unchecked

  • Uneven surfaces and ground

  • Loose cables

Prevention:


A precise work area management procedure should be adopted to ensure that tools and equipment can be stored safely after use. At all times, pathways should be kept free of debris and hazards. In addition to wearing proper PPE, crew members should attend safety meetings on a regular basis to stay current on procedures.

3. Moving Objects