Construction Site Rules to Keep People Safe
Rules are important for many areas of life, and are particularly important when it comes to health and safety on a construction site. Rules are not made for the sake of it; they are made to prevent workplace incidents and accidents occurring which could cause injury or death to a worker, visitor or members of the public who are nearby. A construction site manager will have responsibility for the health and safety of all of these people, and so it is imperative that they not only introduce a comprehensive set of site rules, but also ensuring that these rules are followed and adhered to at all time as taking shortcuts or circumventing these rules is one of the primary causes of an accident occurring on site.
Thinking up the site rules is only one stage of the process though, as they will be of little use if nobody knows about them! This means that construction site managers and supervisors need to ensure that the site rules have been conveyed and understood by the workers on site. On a major construction job which is taking place over a long period of time, regular refresher courses may be required to prevent workers forgetting the rules. It will also be necessary to make any visitors to the site aware of the site rules too, and provide them with any items required in order to comply with them such as a high visibility jacket or protective hard hat when walking around the site. These site visitors also include delivery drivers who may have rules which are only relevant to them such as not manoeuvring without a designated signalman or keeping vehicles away from a certain area of the site.
The site rules may also be reinforced by signs which serve as reminders of information that workers should already have been made aware of but may have forgotten such as signing in and out when entering or leaving the site area or not smoking anywhere on site.
Related Construction Courses:
- NEBOSH Construction Certificate
- CITB SMSTS course
- CITB SSSTS course