Construction Sites and Mud
All of the activity on a construction site can quickly make the whole area muddy, particularly if it rains. This mud can get onto the tyres and undercarriages of vehicles, which without intervention will be deposited all over the public highway if the vehicle has to leave the site and travel to another location. This mud will not only be a nuisance for other road users as it dirties their vehicles, but, more seriously, will create a danger of skidding as the mud brings about a loss of traction which affects steering and braking. This has the potential to cause serious road accidents as motorists lose control.
Construction site operators not only have a duty to look after the health and safety of their own workers, but also towards the general public who may be affected by their operations. This means that action needs to be taken to prevent mud or other debris from leaving the construction site and getting onto the highway. Often this will take the form of tyre and undercarriage cleaning systems to wash off mud and debris which vehicles leaving the site need to go through before they exit. The site may also employ road sweeper vehicles to clean the road of anything that gets onto it, although prevention is far more preferable than cleaning as an accident could happen in the intervals between the road being cleared.
Mud and the associated risks to motorists is not the only reason for ensuring vehicle tyres and undercarriages are clean. Depending upon the nature of the site and the substances being used, vehicles leaving the site may also have hazardous material or chemicals on them which could be deposited on the road and then be washed away into the drains or surrounding area, damaging the local environment and creating an environmental health and safety issue.
Related Health and Safety Courses:
- NEBOSH Construction Certificate
- NEBOSH Environmental Certificate
- Site Management Safety Training Scheme - SMSTS
- Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme - SSSTS
- COSHH Training
- Implementing Environmental Management Systems