Construction Site Health and Safety - Road Surfaces
As well as the dangers of a constantly changing site layout, the surfaces of the roads themselves on a site have a number of health and safety issues which need to be taken into consideration by those using them.
First of all, construction sites can become muddy, especially the roadways. Soil which is exposed to rain will quickly turn into mud, which will be further churned up by vehicles moving over the surface, particularly heavy ones. Unless the construction work is taking place in consistently hot temperatures, this mud is unlikely to become hard again as the constant churning from the vehicle tyres, combined with the likelihood of more rain, means that it never gets the opportunity to set. Apart from the time inconvenience of having to rescue vehicles which get stuck in the mud, the more serious problem from a health and safety perspective is the risk of the vehicle getting out of control on the slippery surface. If the vehicle cannot stop in time or slides when going around a corner, there is a danger of it coming into contact with people or buildings and causing an accident.
Even where a semi-permanent road surface of stones has been laid down there are still risks as the loose stones may not provide enough traction for stopping or cornering. They may also be squashed down to form bumps, hollows, potholes and gradients over time, sometimes severe ones, which again could cause a vehicle to either lose control or cause damage to it. A more permanent, harder surface such as tarmac can also cause problems if it becomes slippery from rain, mud or debris being deposited on it.
At the BCF Group we offer a number of accredited construction health and safety courses including the NEBOSH Construction, CITB SMSTS and CITB SSSTS Certificates. Please use the "Health & Safety" drop-down tab at the top of the page to find out more information.