Protection of the public

During construction many hazards have the potential to injure members of the public and visitors. Below is a list that may have the potential to cause harm to the public:

Falling objects – You must make sure objects cannot fall outside the site boundary. On scaffolds you can achieve this using toe-boards, brick guards and netting. You may also need fans and/or covered walkways.

Deliveries and site entrances- Make sure pedestrians cannot be struck by vehicles entering or leaving the site. Obstructing the pavement during deliveries may force pedestrians into the road, where they can be struck by other vehicles.

Scaffolding and other access equipment – Prevent people outside the boundary being struck while they are erecting, dismantling and using scaffolding and other access equipment.

Storing and stacking materials – You can reduce the risks associated with the storage of materials by storing materials within the site perimeter, preferably in secure compounds or away from the perimeter fencing.

Openings and excavations – People can be injured if they fall into excavations, manholes, stairwells or from open floor edges. You’ll need to put up barriers or covers.

The elderly, children and people with certain disabilities may need attention. Work in premises or areas close to schools and hospitals needs careful thought and planning.

Some children are drawn to construction sites as exciting places to play. You must do everything you can to keep them out of the site and away from danger so site security cleanliness are essential.

The following specific steps are particularly relevant to child safety:

  • Secure sites adequately when finishing work for the day.
  • Barrier off or cover over excavations and pits.
  • Isolate and immobilise vehicles and plant and if possible lock them in a compound.
  • Store building materials (such as pipes, manhole rings, and cement bags) so that they cannot topple or roll over.
  • Remove access ladders from excavations and scaffolds.
  • Lock away hazardous substances.

If in doubt DO MORE! The cost of not taking action is far greater than taking the time to do it right in the first place.

For further information please refer to HSG 151

January 23, 2012 | Categories: Lighthouse Blog |
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