In 2016/17 there have been 30 construction industry deaths in the UK. In this post we will outline the most lethal hazards our industry is faced with. What can YOU do to make our working conditions safer?
We all know in our trades there are a lot of tasks that involve working at height. When I was an installer, I remember that not a day went by when I wasn’t up a ladder, on some steps, or on a scaffold. This is the highest cause of injuries and fatalities in the UK, with the risks associated with working at height often magnified by the need to work in or above access routes that are in use, as well as smaller and restricted spaces.
Think safe – stay safe!
Unfortunately, everything we do involves manual handling, from carrying our tool bags to unloading materials! We can’t wrap ourselves in cotton wool but we can make smarter decisions to ensure we minimise risks to ourselves every day.
Assess the load and get help, don’t struggle alone!
Construction sites are usually a busy hive of activity with many tasks happening simultaneously. When you look around, you will see multiple hazards whether it be material and waste waiting to be cleared up or holes and trip hazards on the floor. There is no way any site can be tidy all the time but help yourself and everyone else around you by tidying up as you go rather than waiting for the end of the day.
Don’t just walk by, if you see something, act on it!
On average, three construction workers are electrocuted each year during refurbishment work on both commercial and domestic projects. There has been a growing trend for unqualified persons carrying out electrical work.
Make sure anyone doing your work is qualified to do the job whatever the trade!
Let’s all try and change that little bit and aim to get ourselves and those around us home to their families every night. Is that shortcut really worth it?
By Ian Lewis