Several thousand construction workers are injured each year following a trip or slip whilst working on a building site.Contact us by quick form »
Common causes of accidents are;
It is important that you are able to walk around the building site safely.
You employer should;
- Always ensure that a walkway is clearly designated as a walkway;
- Where possible make sure employees are able to enjoy good conditions underfoot;
- Ensure walkways are signposted and adequately lit.
Too many employers or construction companies simply fail to implement sufficient site management preferring to leave employees to get on with the job.
Building sites are busy and often chaotic places and too often materials and waste is discarded or stored ad hoc.
Your employer can prevent accidents by ;
- Ensuring deliveries are co-ordinated to minimise the amount of stock / deliveries on site
- Allocate designated areas for waste collection including the provision of skips etc ;
- Regular checks to ensure work areas are kept tidy.
It is inevitable that electrified tools and plant will be in operation on a building site.
Where possible your employer should ensure that trailing cables are covered. All employees should be trained to ensure that when use power tools they must have regard for other employees / colleagues when running the cable to the tool.
Lighting cables should always be run at a high level.
It can often be difficult to ensure exterior building site surfaces are completely clear and risk free. However, it is possible for the employer to limit that risk by;
- Using stone to firm up muddy areas;
- Use grit to remove ice;
- Provide temporary covering where possible;
- Provide warnings in slippery areas;
- Restrict heavy lifting in slippery areas.
There are often similar risks when working in covered areas, i.e within part built homes / building renovation sites. Often the risk here is posed by leakages or substances brought inside by workers, especially when the exterior of the site is muddy or open to the weather.
Regular checks by the employer / site manager should help to minimise the risk to workers.
Too many employers / site managers fail to carry out regular checks to safeguard against slippery surfaces. Even when they become aware of the slippery surface they often fail to take adequate steps to prevent the accident occurring.
One of the most common causes of tripping accidents on a building site is a change in level. Where possible a ramp should be used to prevent a sudden change in level.
Where this is not possible then adequate warning should be given to workers.
This can be especially problematic when working on interior sites.
All employees should be trained to assess the working environment and identify the risks posed by varying work levels.