It’s important to know of any dangers on a construction site that could cause an injury, and how to prevent those common construction site injuries from happening. As a multi-accredited training provider specialising in construction safety training such as CITB training and NEBOSH Construction, we know you can stay safe with the right knowledge and mind set.
Between 2018 – 2021 in the construction industry, there were an estimated 74,000 work-related ill health cases, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
There were 39 fatal injuries to workers and 4 to members of the public in 2020/21, and between 2016 – 2021, 50% of deaths in the construction industry were due to falls from height.
One of the most common causes of accidents in the construction industry is working from height. It’s essential to have the correct equipment and safety gear when working at heights.
Inadequate fall protection can cause workers to fall from height. It is the employer’s obligation to provide workers with the equipment and tools they need to do their jobs safely.
If your area is crowded with construction materials, tools and other workers, this will cause a trip hazard. This increases the likelihood of falling significantly, as you will struggle for room to move.
Unsafe equipment, whether that is ladders, scaffolding, aerial lifts or other equipment at height, will lead to falling from height. This can cause life-changing injuries such as damage to the spinal cord, brain injuries and other catastrophic trauma.
Planning and organising your work are essential. You need to ensure you select and use the correct equipment, as well as keep walkways on site clear of obstructions. Our Training partners Safety and Access can provide scaffold training and MCL Height Safety provide training on working at height and rope access
There are current work at height regulations. Completing our working at height training course will help you to understand the regulations, allowing you to work in line with them. Taking the legislation seriously is an important priority to ensure safety. MCL’s Work at Height Course also goes into more details
It is not unusual for construction workers to use plant machinery. Therefore, only operators who have the correct qualifications should be using the equipment and machinery on site.
NPORS accredited courses are HSE recognised qualifications for plant machinery operators. With this training, not only can the operator keep themselves safe, but also those around them.
It’s important to make sure the machinery you are using is fit to be used and well maintained. For example, ensuring it is the correct piece of machinery for the job you are doing and that all safety measures are in place.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is another important factor. You should be wearing the appropriate PPE that is required for the machine you are using. You also need to ensure you are using the machinery in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer.
Although electrocution ranks as one of the highest leading causes of fatalities in the construction industry, electrocutions are preventable.
Electric shock can cause a number of injuries such as muscle spasms, preventing you from breathing and stopping the heart from beating properly.
Factors to consider to prevent electrocution include;
When your body gets too hot, you can suffer from heat exhaustion. This can quickly turn into heat stroke if not treated quickly, which can be life-threatening.
Working on a construction site is physically demanding, even more so in hot weather conditions. So, it’s important to know the steps for preventing heat stroke.
It’s important to be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion which you can suffer with prior to heat stroke. If someone has heat exhaustion, then it’s not usually serious if you can cool them down within 30 minutes.
But, what are the signs of heat exhaustion?
If someone shows the signs above, then they need to be cooled down. Start by moving them to a cool place, have them lie down whilst raising their feet slightly, and get them to drink plenty of water and cool their skin. Within 30 minutes, they should start to cool down and feel better.
If they aren’t feeling better after 30 minutes and start to have the below symptoms, which are the signs of heat stroke, then you need to call 999…
If they lose consciousness whilst you’re waiting for help, put them in the recovery position.
There are a number of steps to consider to help prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here are some tips that can help you when working on-site…
Our team at Lighthouse Safety want to ensure that more and more people are correctly trained and working safely to avoid these common construction site injuries from happening. Take a look at the variety of training courses we offer at our facilities in Kent, London and Norfolk.