Construction workers have one of the most noble and satisfying jobs in the United Kingdom. The work of their hands is responsible for erecting the country’s buildings, from the simple ones to the magnificently spectacular skyscrapers to the intricate reconstruction of buildings past. However, that attention to detail may come at an enormous cost as the job as a construction worker in the U.K. or anywhere else in the world can be dangerous, which is why there are safety rules and regulations for construction workers to live by.
The most basic construction worker safety advice set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is watching one’s step in order to reduce the risk of trip and slip accidents on the construction site. Some guidelines on construction safety include keeping storage areas clean and tidy, planning deliveries to lessen the amount of materials on the construction site, ensuring the footpaths are safe to use. These footpaths must be gritted if icy, stoned if muddy, and leveled if rutted.
Employers and construction managers should also ensure that all stairways, footpaths, corridors, and other areas used by pedestrians are to be clear from obstruction at most times. Loose cables must also be tightened, especially cables along the corridors. Construction managers and employers must also ensure that steps leading to site cabins are built properly and they must ensure that work areas are kept clean as possible while the construction work is ongoing.
Barriers and covers must also be in place around excavations and holes, which workers or pedestrians might fall into. Construction managers must also formulate a system to manage waste that comes from the construction site. It is also important to ensure that every construction worker knows what he or she has to do.
Aside from slipping, there are other dangers that may result from working in construction areas. These include exposure to electricity and underground and overhead cables, proximity to combustible or flammable materials, climbing working platforms and steps, risk of overturning vehicles, risk of eye injury from dust and flying particles, risk of cancer from exposure to asbestos, manual handling activities, abrasions and cuts, dermatitis, being struck by machinery, loss of limbs or fingers, foot and hand injury, and exposure to sun.
While a lot of the above-mentioned risks and injuries may stem from the construction worker not watching his or her step, some of these injuries stem from exposure to elements and these can pose even more dangers for the construction worker.
The most important advice for the construction worker is taking care of himself. The construction worker must take care of his own safety and health and of others who could be affected by his work. The worker must also follow control measures or instructions like the wearing of personal protective equipment.
The worker must also cooperate with his employer on safety and health and training requirements. He must also report any defects on equipment provided by the employer. The construction worker should not also misuse or interfere with things provided for his welfare, safety, and health.
Accidents and costly litigation can be avoided as long as the construction worker and his employer are mindful of safety guidelines.