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Construction Work On Or Near a Road

Construction work on or close to a public highway is likely to mean that personnel are working next to moving traffic, which obviously presents a danger of being struck by a vehicle. A number of safety measures can be put into place to reduce the likelihood of an accident occurring, including the introduction of temporary speed restrictions, clear signs so that drivers are aware of changes to the road layout, and good quality lighting to enable drivers to see where they need to go. Workers should always wear high visibility jackets/vests which make it much easier for them to be seen.

The public too can be injured or killed by construction work in or by a road. Perhaps the most likely is falling down a hole created by the works, which can often be many feet deep. Whilst the work should always be enclosed by fencing or barriers to prevent members of the public inadvertently wandering in, this risk is increased significantly when it is dark. This makes fencing especially important at night and when no workers are on site, as it is more difficult at this time to see that there is a hole there. There is also a risk of trips and falls from raised, incomplete paving or tools/equipment left on the ground.

Depending upon the work being carried out, other precautions may be necessary to protect the public. For example, drilling or similar activities may produce flying debris which could strike somebody walking nearby.


Construction Health and Safety Courses:

  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate
  • SMSTS
  • SMSTS Refresher
  • SSSTS



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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