Health And Safety On Construction Sites So Important

Construction is a risky profession with one of the highest fatality rate. 3% of workers (66,000) get inured at site while 4% (80,000) suffer from work related illness every year on the average. That’s some big number, isn’t it? Wrong. The industry has seen days much worse.

To gain some further insight into the problem, let’s crunch some more numbers from years gone by. Here are some official figures for the 2014-15 period. Have a look:

*142 construction workers were killed while working on site
*611,000 cases of injury minor and major took place within a construction site
*A whopping 27.3 million workdays were lost due to onsite injury and illness
* The cost of these injuries and illness is estimated to be 14.3 billion

Good Health and Safety practice at sites ensures well-being of workers, companies, industry and society at large. Workers become safer and more productive whereas companies get bigger and more profitable. In a nutshell, it’s a win-win situation for everyone. Let’s dive in for detailed explanation.

How it benefits workers?

It saves them from fatalities. It’s certainly not a nice feeling being sick, injured or in extreme cases dead. There is no loss of income and a high medical cost to worry about. Moreover, it also boosts their morale, productivity and consequently career.

How it benefits Companies?

Fatalities at sites invite prosecution, bad press, decline in production and loss of revenue. Everyone avoids unsafe projects be it workers, customers or investors and thus it becomes all the more important for companies to care for health and safety of workers.

Prosecution is feared the most as it might delay or shelve the project resulting in loss of millions of pounds. Bad press is equally harmful as not only it turns customers away but also dent the reputation build over years.

Adopting Health and Safety standards also helps project be completed on budget and times. Safe and healthy workplace makes workers more efficient and this reflects well on the project. As per a survey by Research agency Glenigan, Historic 64% of construction project were completed on budget while a record 40% were over on time in 2015 thanks to the growing adoption of Health and Safety standards at sites.

How do we ensure health and safety standards at sites?

We do it by preventing unqualified access to site. We disqualify workers without proper health and safety training from working on sites. To prove you are a worker trained in safety, there is a CSCS Card to get. The trick is that you can’t get the card without attending a Health and safety awareness course and then passing a safety test which ensure you have developed the ability to ensure a safer and healthier site. Moreover, the card also certifies you are a competent worker with good knowledge of your trade.

Company’s Lifting Equipment Safe

It might seem a difficult and sometimes dangerous task to test your beam clamps and other lifting equipment, and it is advisable to contact specialist lift equipment suppliers who also offer a lift testing service if you have even the slightest doubt that you will be able to successfully test your lifting equipment yourself. Often, the machinery required for lifting services is extremely powerful and can be dangerous to those who do not know how to operate it professionally. For this reason, speaking to an expert about your requirements before testing the equipment is always a sensible idea.
What you can do between tests
While a full test of your lifting equipment may not be needed � not to mention not very practical � every day, there are small things you can do to ensure your equipment is as safe as possible and that, should anything be wrong, you will pick up on it before it causes any problems for your business. For example, before you use your lifting slings, try to make simple checks to ensure everything is working as it should be. This doesn’t have to be in-depth, just demonstrating a practice run of all procedures before carrying them out with heavy equipment.
While carrying out as many simple checks as you safely can without a professional is advised, you should also have regular check-ups/inspections undertaken with your lift equipment suppliers where possible. The frequency of this is usually once or twice a year, but it is completely dependent on your business. Some may need much more regular checks with a competent professional and some might only require a check-over of their equipment once a year. If you’re unsure where about your business would fall in this area, contact a professional as soon as possible and plan the necessary inspections.
Which equipment is right for my business?
Especially if you’re new to your industry, it can be difficult to know which equipment is best suited to assist your lifting needs. It might be that you’d benefit from some industrial hoisting equipment, you might need beam clamps or lifting slings � there are so many different solutions available. If you think your company needs to source new lifting equipment, or even just organise more regular tests and maintenance services on its current equipment, you should speak to a specialist promptly. If your lifting equipment is not completely safe, your staff are at risk.
Look into the regulations of lifting equipment in your industry as soon as possible and make sure you’re always operating completely responsibly.