Construction Site Health and Safety - Perimeter Fencing
Not only do construction site managers need to ensure that their employees are working safely, but they also have a responsibility for the safety of the general public that may be affected by the site. A perimeter fence is vital to keeping unauthorised members of the public out of the area where activity is taking place. This access could be accidental, such as a person inadvertently wandering onto the site without realising it, or deliberate.
Deliberate entry, or trespassing, will usually be from thieves trying to steal equipment/material, or from children/youths who think it would be a good idea to sneak into the construction site and use it as a play area. So not only does a perimeter fence have a health and safety use, but it also acts as a preventative measure to stop equipment and material being stolen or tampered with.
Additionally, perimeter fencing provides a platform for the fixing of necessary signs, such as warnings and keep out notices. There may also be additional information like the name of the company, emergency phone numbers and instructions for site visitors and deliveries.
It is important that the fencing is at a suitable distance which enables unrestricted and easy movement for people and machinery. It is also likely that members of the public may come up to the fencing to see what is going on. Whilst they may be behind the fence, there could still be a danger from dust, fumes or debris which can get through the fencing. It may therefore be necessary to either move the perimeter fence further outwards, or erect a second one from which there is no danger to those stood right up to it.
- NEBOSH Construction Certificate
- Site Management Safety Training Scheme - SMSTS
- Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme - SSSTS
- Risk Assessments
- COSHH Training