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Health and Safety Training - Avoiding Collisions with Structures

The drivers of vehicles on a construction site need to take particular care to avoid colliding with an object or structure, not to mention people! A collision could not only cause injury or death to the driver themselves, but also to any people that are hit by the moving vehicle. Construction health and safety training courses such as the CITB SMSTS cover the safe movement of vehicles around a site as this is an issue which affects the health and safety of workers on just about every construction site.

Until the day comes when robotic or automated vehicles are the norm on site to transport materials and supplies around, drivers will be humans who are prone to errors and mistakes. These mistakes will usually involve the accidental collision with something; either an inanimate structure/object or a person. Whilst the chances of an accident occurring can not be completely eliminated without banning vehicles on the site completely which is likely to be impractical, these chances can be significantly reduced through implementing certain safety features and ensuring that drivers and indeed all workers on site receive proper training in health and safety issues to enable them to work and move around the construction site in a safe manner and to be aware of potential hazards to health.

These measures to help avoid a collision with a structure or person include putting up barriers to prevent a vehicle accidentally reversing into something, improving the lighting on a site if work takes place when daylight is no longer present, and placing warning signs which are large enough to be seen easily near structures. As far as workers are concerned, an audible warning may also allow workers to get out of the way if they are in the path of a vehicle. This can take the form of the driver manually sounding the horn, or fitting the vehicle with an automated audible system which is activated when the vehicle is reversing and alerts those people nearby to get out of the way as it will be difficult for the driver to see everything behind them, particularly if the vehicle is large and/or long. A signalman or banksman may also be utilised to assist with the manoeuvring of the vehicle.

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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