The construction site can be one of the most hazardous places to work. In the UK, each year there are several work-related accidents and deaths which occur on the construction site and it is why health and safety is so important - below are a few reasons why:
Working at height
Most construction sites will involve working at height which is one of the most common causes of accidents and deaths. Hazards might include lack of guardrails or inadequate edge protection as well as unsecured ladders and loose tools, which can be and should be stored away safely in a secured tool storage.
Exposure to debris and chemicals
Construction workers will often work or put themselves in harm’s way of debris, dust and chemicals that can have harmful consequences. Exposure can lead to long-term health issues such as occupational asthma, lung cancer, silicosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Therefore when it comes to health and safety, ensuring the site is equipped with adequate hazardous goods storage is critical to ensuring the safety of the workforce.
Mental health is more common in today’s workforce and as such, it should not be ignored. Each year construction workers suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety due to working long hours, working alone, and trying to meet tight deadlines. Taking care of people’s mental health and well-being is just as important as taking care of the physical aspects of working on a construction site.
Protecting the public
Hazards on a construction site do not only affect the workforce but also the public who pass by the site. Dangers such as falling debris and chemicals are still a danger which is why strict measures should be taken to avoid accidents or fatal incidents.
Health & safety training
Finally, health and safety training should be an integral part of why construction site safety is so important. Employees should be provided with relevant training to make sure that they are aware of the dangers and how to spot and prevent them to keep accidents to a minimum.
Remember that when construction workers report on-site, their employers are legally responsible for any injuries. To protect all employees, everyone must follow strict health and safety guidelines so that everyone is safe.
It can take time to develop and introduce the right health and safety measures to a construction site but in the long term it is vital to protect the entire workforce as well as the public. It also ensures that the reputation of the business stays intact.