Construction is one of the UK’s largest and most important industries; however, it’s also statistically, one of the most dangerous. According to the Health and Safety Executive, you’re more likely to suffer accidents at work if you work in construction than most other industries.
Key to minimising the risk to employees is knowing when to call off labour, in the event of poor weather conditions or other adverse situations. This know-how falls in line with the construction site managers legal duty of care to their employees.
What duties does a construction site manager have?
Health and safety regulations are in place to protect workers and ensure that they are able to go about their day to day work without any risks to their physical health or mental well-being. All managers are required to comply with certain health and safety measures in order to reduce the risk of work accidents and injuries in the workplace.
Construction can be dangerous and the safety of employees should be a priority on every building site in the UK. Managers have a duty to fulfil requirements and they should carry out the following steps to promote health and well-being and prevent site workers from suffering work-related illness and injuries:
- carry out regular risk assessment
- provide workers with the relevant safety equipment
- ensure that machinery and tools are checked regularly and meet safety standards
- ensure that all members of staff have suitable levels of training
- record details of accidents and use them to shape future policies
- liaise with workers to promote inclusion and identify potential work-related issues
- comply with standards set out by authorities
In what conditions should work be called off on a construction site?
Site managers have a duty to act when they believe that workers may be at risk of illness and injury; this means that in certain circumstances, work may be called off and a site may be temporarily or permanently shut down. Examples of potential scenarios include the discovery of hazardous substances, such as asbestos, exposure to a dangerous environment, extreme weather conditions and electrical faults.
In situations where there may be a risk to human health or safety, a manager should use their experience, knowledge and expertise, combined with compliance to legal health and safety requirements, to make a judgement.
Can I claim for a construction site accident?
If you’ve been injured at work or you were involved in an accident on a building site and you were not to blame, you may be eligible for work accident compensation. Using a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, makes the process of claiming work injury compensation hassle-free and easy.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information and to speak with one of our friendly, helpful advisors.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice