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Construction Site Road Surfaces - Gradients

Not only can the actual surface of a road contribute to an increased risk (or decreased risk if it is made better) of a vehicle on site losing control and causing an accident, so too can a gradient or slope. Driving styles will need to be adjusted in order to take account of the gradient, with a failure to do so potentially leading to an accident occurring.

When going down a gradient, extra effort and stopping distances are required to bring the vehicle to a halt. If the driver does not allow for this, they may collide with a person or object in front of them, with possible serious consequences. If the roadway is wet, muddy or icy the vehicle may struggle to come to a stop at all until it hits something.

A vehicle may find itself sideways on a slope; either deliberately driven like that or by accident, for instance if a vehicle is sliding on a slippery top surface. Driving sideways on a gradient is extremely dangerous as there is a high chance of the vehicle toppling over. This is likely to be increased even further if it is a vehicle carrying a load such as a forklift truck or digger, as this may further offset the vehicle's usual centre of gravity and cause it to topple over. Depending upon the severity and length of the slope, the vehicle may either come to rest on its side or roll over and over. Whilst the second outcome is more dangerous, either way can still cause severe injuries or death to a driver, passengers or anyone working nearby who cannot get out of the way in time and is struck or crushed by the out of control vehicle.

For more information on construction health and safety courses such as the SMSTS, SSSTS and the NEBOSH Construction Certificate please use the "Health & Safety" drop-down at the top of the page to view the various course outlines. Alternatively, please contact us online or call 0844 800 3295.

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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