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Safe Movement of Vehicles on a Construction Site

Different construction sites will have differing levels of vehicle traffic moving about on site. This can range from one person driving a little forklift around, to a site which has a large number of vehicles and heavy machinery moving about constantly. It may also be the case that the same site can have varying levels of vehicle traffic depending upon the time of day.

With virtually no two construction sites being the same, the measures that need to be put into place to facilitate the safe movement of vehicles and people or, perhaps more pertinently, keeping them apart, will be slightly different for each site.

The importance of managing the safe movement of vehicles and people around a construction site is such that it is included in the syllabus of construction health and safety courses like the NEBOSH Construction Certificate, Site Managers SMSTS and Site Supervisors SSSTS courses. To find out more about these courses, please use the "Health & Safety" drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Where construction work is taking place close to where pedestrians are walking, if it is possible and practical then designated walkways with pre-determined crossing points should be introduced to avoid those on foot coming into contact with moving vehicles. Obviously a person would come off significantly worse if they were to be struck by a moving vehicle, and is likely to cause either serious injury or death to that person. Whilst workers should have received health and safety training and be knowledgeable as to the risks and potential dangers, members of the public who are walking nearby may not be, particularly if they are distracted by using a mobile phone or listening to music. This makes it especially important to keep them away from potential dangers by using measures such as barriers and crossing points to prevent them accidentally, or deliberately, wandering where they should not be.

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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