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How To Protect Your Construction Workers

In the UK, the construction sector is one of the largest in the economy, responsible for employing a huge 3.1 million people. With so many people working in the industry, it’s important that everyone is kept safe and sound at work.

To help you provide the safest environment possible for your workers, we’ve put together some top tips to keep your employees protected, happy and productive. Along with that, it is better to use tools to build a sold layout plan and then proceed with the work.

1. Provide the correct PPE

It’s no secret that building sites are some of the most dangerous workplaces. In fact, they are so dangerous that, in 2020/21, there were 39 fatal injuries on construction sites.

With so many hazards, ensuring that your employees have access to the correct PPE is crucial.

PPE provides protection from elements that can get into the body through the eyes, skin, ears or respiratory system and can cause harm to human health.

Some examples of PPE for construction workers could be:

  • Protective clothing
  • Respiratory protection (e.g. the correct masks)
  • Goggles
  • Helmets
  • Ear defenders / ear plugs
  • Steel toecap boots
  • Gloves

As well as protective equipment, it’s also important to give workers high-visibility clothing so that they can be seen at all times.

2. Take out insurance

Unfortunately, accidents can happen, even with the correct PPE. Therefore, having the correct insurance in place will help you to cover the cost of compensation should any of your workers get hurt.

Most of these policies will also cover you for loss of wages if your manual workers are unable to work for a while. Good construction insurance companies will also cover public liability, so you’ll have full peace of mind that you’re covered if things go awry.

3. Provide adequate training

If you don’t have the right training in place, you might be breaking the law. As such, you could be fined, sued or banned from operating.

One way to ensure that you are meeting the health and safety requirements set out by law is by providing adequate training. Not only will employees be happier and more confident in their roles, but adequate training can also help boost morale and productivity onsite.

4. Establish proper boundaries

As well as keeping your workers safe, you’re also legally obliged to protect members of the public from hazards. As such, it’s important that you establish robust boundaries that keep your site contained. By making sure that your fences and barriers are in good order, you’ll not only prevent the public from falling down manholes but also ensure that your workers are safe.

For example, while operating heavy machinery, an unauthorised pedestrian could startle a worker, leading to accidents or injuries.

Final thoughts…

Although health and safety may not be the most thrilling topic of conversation, it’s crucial to keep employees safe and well looked-after. Luckily, by providing the right PPE, taking out insurance, providing adequate training and maintaining boundaries, you can ensure that you and your team are protected.

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