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Maintenance of Construction Site Vehicles

An important aspect of managing and creating a safe construction site is to ensure that the vehicles and equipment that are present on site are maintained properly. Not only are poorly maintained vehicles more likely to break down, which costs time and money to repair and in lost working hours, but there is also a significant health and safety risk to drivers, passengers and people working nearby on the site who can be at risk if a component fails.

Some of the most important parts of any land vehicle when it comes to safety are the brakes. Even though the vehicles are likely to be travelling at a relatively low speed when compared with a car on the motorway for example, an inability to stop can lead to a collision which, bearing in mind the size of some construction vehicles, can result in death or serious injuries.

Just as a pilot does a walk-around of an aeroplane before a flight to check for problems, a driver just about to start a shift in a construction site vehicle should do a visual check to identify obvious hazards which may be present such as a deflated tyre or partially-extended hydraulic arm which should be fully retracted before the vehicle is driven.

This visual inspection will only identify issues which can easily be seen externally, meaning potentially more serious problems which cannot be seen such as worn brakes will go unnoticed. To find these problems and take remedial action before they become dangerous will require regular inspections and maintenance to ensure that the vehicles are safe and operating efficiently.

A good vehicle maintenance programme, combined with health and safety courses such as the NEBOSH Construction Certificate to make workers more aware of the dangers that are present on a construction site will equate to a safer place of work and reduce the likelihood of somebody being injured or killed on site.

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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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