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14th March, 2018

10 Simple Construction Site Safety Rules

Construction sites are dangerous places to work. Follow these 10 simple construction site safety rules to keep yourself, and others, safe.

1. Wear your PPE on site at all times

PPE is your last line of defence should you come into contact with a hazard on site. Wear your hard hat, safety boots and hi-viz vest as a minimum, along with any additional PPE required for the task being carried out.

2. Do not start work without an induction

Each site has its own unique hazards and work operations. Make sure you know what is happening so that you can work safely. Your induction is important, don’t start without one.

3. Keep a tidy site

Construction work is messy. Remember to keep your work area tidy throughout your shift to reduce the number of slip and trip hazards. Pay particular attention to high risk areas such as access and escape routes.

4. Do not put yourself or others at risk

You are responsible for your own behaviour. Construction sites are dangerous places to work. Make sure you remain safety aware throughout your shift.

5. Follow safety signs and procedures

Your employer should ensure a risk assessment is carried out for activities. Make sure you read and understand it. Follow signs and procedures – control measures are put in place for your safety.

6. Never work in unsafe areas

Make sure your work area is safe. Don’t work at height without suitable guard rails or other fall prevention. Don’t enter unsupported trenches. Make sure you have safe access. Don’t work below crane loads or other dangerous operations.

7. Report defects and near misses

If you notice a problem, don’t ignore it, report it to your supervisor immediately. Action cannot be taken quickly if management are not aware of the problem, and the sooner problems are resolved the less chance for an accident to occur.

8. Never tamper with equipment

Never remove guard rails or scaffold ties. Do not remove guards. Do not attempt to fix defective equipment unless you are competent to do so. Do not ever tamper with equipment without authorisation.

9. Use 110v equipment

110v equipment only, must be suitable for use on site. 240v equipment strictly prohibited without prior authorisation from management and will only be used if no 110v alternative available and additional safety precautions taken.

10. If in doubt – Ask

Better safe than sorry. Mistakes on construction sites can cost lives - don’t let it be yours. If you need help or further information speak to your supervisor.

Raise awareness of site rules on your construction site with our construction site rules tool box talk, to use as part of the induction process, as a 10 minute awareness talk, or to display on site.

This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and a degree in construction management. She is NEBOSH qualified and a member of IOSH.

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