As working environments go, few offer such a range of potential threats as a construction site. Accidents at work within this particular setting tend to have expensive consequences in terms of products, equipment and manpower.
Though there has been a significant reduction in the number of construction site accidents in the last 20 years or so, it remains a high risk industry where the severity of a workplace injury is likely to be high.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that, while construction only accounts for five per cent of employees in Britain, these employees make up 22 per cent of work fatalities and 10 per cent of all reported major work injuries over the course of a year.
Furthermore, approximately 1.7 million working days in construction were lost due to work-related illness and another 0.6 million to workplace injuries.
How can I keep my construction site free from work-related accidents?
It’s abundantly clear then that keeping a construction site a safe place of work is of utmost importance for employers and staff alike.
Workers are only as safe as their tools. It’s all well and good ensuring everyone is decked out in high-visibility jackets and hard hats, but if the tools are unsafe, the whole process is undone. Mechanical machinery should be:
- Installed by an expert
- Tested thoroughly before the first use
- Inspected regularly and maintained properly to ensure it remains safe to use.
All workers on a construction site need to be fully trained for their job role and never pressured into performing tasks above their duty. Things like manual handling training ought to be mandatory and heavy lifting should be limited wherever possible and never attempted alone.
These are vital to the safety success of a construction site. So many industry injuries are caused because of attempts to cut corners and costs.
Management on construction sites should assess and evaluate all the present risks and counteract them, either through the provision of equipment or the altering of tasks or working style.
If you suffer an accident at work on a construction site, help is at hand. The freephone service from Accident Advice Helpline is available 24/7 and can help establish whether you have a case for work accident compensation.
There is no obligation to continue with your claim, but they will be there every step of the way if you do.
Date Published: September 5, 2013
Author: David Brown