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Construction Safety - Compactors and Rollers

Construction activities may require material to be flattened and compacted to provide a smooth surface such as for a new permanent or temporary road. This machinery works by producing downward pressure onto the surface and comes in either hand operated form similar to a lawnmower, and larger duty form such as a ride on roller. Both of these types can pose risks to the health and safety of operators and others nearby.

The hand-manipulated equipment is quite heavy and requires some effort to move around, which means there is a significant chance of the operator suffering a manual handling injury from it such as a slipped disc, torn muscle or tendon damage. Many will be powered by an engine rather than electricity to allow for a range of movement which is not restricted by the length of the electricity cable. This means that there is a danger of fire from the fuel, particularly when refuelling takes place. Whilst the machine should be switched off completely before refuelling commences, parts of it will still be hot such as the exhaust which will easily cause a fire if petrol was to come into contact with it and combust. Workers can also get their own or another person's foot underneath the compactor if they are not careful.

As for ride on rollers, they have the potential to cause serious injuries or even death to the driver and any fellow workers or members of the public nearby. This large, heavy piece of equipment can easily crush a person or any part of their anatomy that gets caught under the roller. It can also trap and crush a person if the roller starts to move unintentionally if it is on a slope and collides with them. Like all pieces of equipment and tools on a construction site, this machinery should be secured to prevent unauthorised use by trespassers, and workers without suitable health and safety training in its correct operation should not be allowed to operate it at any time.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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