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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.

Related Courses:
  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate
  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme - SMSTS
  • Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme - SSSTS
  • Permit to Work Training
  • Risk Assessment

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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