Why a Constantly Changing Construction Site is Dangerous
The very nature of a construction or demolition site means that things are constantly changing. The layout of the site may be different from one day to the next, with structures and hazards appearing and disappearing as the work progresses. This can create its own dangers as it can lead to disorientation and confusion; causing people and vehicles to not only enter areas where they should not be, but also meaning that they could be so busy trying to find where they need to go that they will not be paying full attention to the numerous other dangers present on site.
The temporary nature of a construction site means that more often than not roadways are not formally established and do not have defined edges and boundaries. Even if they are, these roads are likely to change frequently as the project progresses over time. This can be particularly hazardous for a driver who is used to driving on a particular route on site and is not aware of any changes. They may think they are on a straight and can drive fast, where actually it has now changed to a sharp bend around a new structure or pile of material. Having to brake suddenly or swerve to avoid a collision can lead to serious injury, death, or damage to equipment if the vehicle overturns collides with a person or structure.
Drivers who have to figure out the new road layout may be so busy looking for signs and the right way that they do not concentrate enough on looking out for people or equipment in the way. They may also have to back up large trucks where it is difficult to see what is behind, all of which increases the chances of an accident or incident occurring. Health and safety courses such as a workplace safe driving course can help to some extent, but it needs to be combined with other factors such as clear signage and good planning of the site layout.
- NEBOSH Construction Certificate
- Site Management Safety Training Scheme - SMSTS
- Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme - SSSTS
- Permit to Work Training
- Risk Assessment