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Slips, Trips and Falls

One of the most common forms of injury either on a construction site or indeed any place of work is one caused by a slip, trip or fall. However, on a construction site this can be particularly dangerous as there is a high chance of this occurring whilst a person is working at height or in close proximity to dangerous machinery and equipment. This can turn what may otherwise have been little more than a sprained ankle or a bruise if it occurred in a different place of work into something which could be a potential killer if the person falls from high up or in front of a large piece of machinery such as an excavator.

To reduce the chances of slips, trips and falls a number of precautions can be taken. These include wearing appropriate footwear, clearing walkways of mud and debris, putting temporary flooring down over bare earth, putting up covers to prevent rain getting surfaces wet, clearing obstructions and trip hazards such as cables and tools, not running around site, and, most importantly, paying full attention whilst moving around and not being distracted by another task such as using a mobile phone.

Whilst health and safety courses can contribute greatly in reducing the chances of accidents occurring on a construction site by making workers more aware of the hazards and dangers that they may encounter on site, one of the best ways to avoid an injury through slips, trips or a fall is to use common sense, not rush, and not be distracted by other things whilst moving around site.

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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