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.