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Preventing Building Site Health and Safety Issues

Building Site Health and Safety Issue Prevention

Whilst working on building sites, several thousand construction workers are injured whilst working on building sites. During 2016/17 the Health and Safety Executive reported that 1,200 of these injuries were due to slips, trips and falls.

Preventing Building Site Health and Safety Issues

Effective management of working areas and access routes could prevent some of these injuries. With an estimated 2.3 million working days lost each year in construction between 2014/15 and 2016/17 due to workplace injury (17%) and work-related illness (83%)*, NHBC, the leading provider of health and safety services to the home-building industry and the organiser of the UK’s only industry health and safety awards scheme, highlights the the most frequent reported items in the final quarter of 2017:

  • Workers working on scaffold with no guardrails in place
  • No fall protection on open stairwells
  • Access routes blocked with site materials
  • No eye protection being worn when using a paslode nail gun
  • No respiratory protection being worn when using a disc cutter or saw
  • No pedestrian/traffic segregation in place, with operatives and members of the public walking in the road with the site traffic
  • Scaffold not being erected correctly in accordance with TG 20.13
  • NHBC health and safety advisers can provide coaching and advice to site managers, and when the right measures are in place, the safety of a site can be dramtically improved.

Health and Safety Services Manager Stephen Ashworth said:

Over recent years, we have seen big improvements with regards to safety on site and the number of injuries to construction workers has reduced. Here at NHBC we’ve seen the importance given to health and safety on house-building sites across the UK, with record levels of entries for the NHBC Health and Safety Awards and higher levels of take up for our health and safety services.

One way to avoid injuries on house-building sites it to make sure a safe work environment is provided and taking a proactive approach to safety on site helps keep workers safe.

The winners for the Health and Safety Awards 2018 will be announced by the NHBC on 23rd May 2018. For information visit the NHBC Health and Safety website here.

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