Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, according to the Health and Safety Executive. If you work on a construction site, it’s important that you are aware of the risks associated with tasks you undertake in order to reduce the risk of accidents at work.
A construction site may harbour all kinds of hazards and it’s essential that workers have the relevant training to negotiate their workplace safely.
Should you be taught to use every single tool on a construction site?
Training is incredibly important when it comes to working on a construction site. Learning to use tools and machinery enables you to use them on a daily basis with a much lower risk of work-related injury.
If you are required to carry out work using tools, you should have been provided with the relevant training in advance. If your work involves using every tool on a construction site, then your training should encompass every instrument.
Construction site accidents and injuries
Examples of accidents, injuries and illnesses, which may arise from working on a construction site include:
- Respiratory problems linked to inhaling fumes and exposure to harmful chemicals
- Muscular pains and strains caused by using heavy machinery
- Back pain
- Vibration injuries
- Skin irritation
- Slips, trips and falls
- Falls from height
- Industrial hearing loss
Preventing injuries on the building site
In order to reduce the risk of occupational injuries, employers must adhere to safety guidelines. Examples of measures which may be put into action on a building site to reduce the risk of work-related illness and accidents include:
- Regular risk assessment
- Machinery and equipment safety testing
- Staff training
- Controlled working hours and regular breaks
- Provision of safety equipment, such as ear defenders, helmets and sturdy boots
- Safety procedures for working at height and dealing with potentially harmful chemicals
Claiming compensation for a construction site injury
If you’ve been involved in a work accident, or you’ve suffered ill health as a result of your working conditions, you may be able to claim compensation.
If you’ve been injured in the last three years and you have the relevant evidence to prove that you were not to blame, the experts at Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a work injury claim with minimal hassle.
Visit our website and take an easy 30-second eligibility test, or call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice