Guide to Site Safety
Children must not be allowed to play on site.
The Safety Rules and Practice should be extended to all visitors, as well as to contractors working on the site.
- Wear a Hard Hat
- Wear protective boots (Steel Toe Capped)
- Wear Safety Goggles, when using Disc Cutters and Grinding Tools
- Use suitable clothing, appropriate to the hazards and conditions of the site
- Where possible always use professional power tools operating from a 110 volt supply
- Always use a RCD (see note below) on all electrical products
- Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines when using power tools or machinery
- Trenches can become unstable in wet conditions, if more than a metre deep always ensure that they are correctly shored up
- Bricks & Blocks should only be stacked two high
- Watch your back when lifting, back injuries can stay with you for life. Make sure you pace yourself when moving heavy items
- Make sure that you have a well-stocked first aid kit on site
- Make provision for fighting any fires that may be started inadvertently.
- Make sure scaffolding is used for all high level work and is erected professionally - remember it is not worth compromising safety by trying to work off ladders.
- Nails sticking out from loose timber are extremely hazardous, always hammer flat and clear old timbers away
- If you are at all uneasy about heights do not work on roofs - never work on roofs without using appropriate safety measures to provide safe access and security while working.
- Ensure that any hazardous chemicals or materials, solvents, turpentine or paint thinners, etc., are safely stored in a secure place when not in use. Follow manufacturer's safety instructions when using these. Flammable materials should be stored securely and separately, away from the building, other stores, etc.
- Take any necessary steps, like fencing, to keep children and other members of the public off the site.
- Do not smoke anywhere near stores of timber or other flammable materials.
- You know where hazards are, make sure they are clearly marked for visitors to the site
An RCD is an electrical safety device specially designed to immediately switch the electricity off when electricity "leaking" to earth is detected at a level harmful to a person using electrical equipment. An RCD offers a high level of personal protection from electric shock.
Safety must be a part of your project planning
Building sites are dangerous places if care is not taken. Your safety is important, please read and absorb the following guidelines.
Extract from the Government's Health & Safety pages at http://www.hse.gov.uk:
2.2 million people work in Britain’s construction industry, making it the country’s biggest industry. It is also one of the most dangerous. In the last 25 years, over 2,800 people have died from injuries they received as a result of construction work. Many more have been injured or made ill.
Between April 2004 and March 2005, 71 workers died and thousands were injured as a result of construction work. The main causes of the fatal accidents were:
- falling through fragile roofs and rooflights
- falling from ladders, scaffolds and other work places
- being struck by excavators, lift trucks or dumpers
- being struck by falling loads and equipment
- being crushed by collapsing structures "
HSE deals with all aspects of construction work in England, Scotland and Wales and we recommend you visit the HSE website to ensure you are fully conversant with the responsibilities you have under HSE legislation. There is a wealth of information available on the HSE website covering safe use of ladders, scaffolds, platforms, etc.