Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

When working in the building trade, there are a number of steps you have to take in order to stay fit and healthy. This is the responsibility of the individual, as well as a competent and fully-trained supervisor. Working on building sites and using powerful construction tools can be dangerous work if done incorrectly. Here is a quick checklist for anyone working in high-risk costruction environments:

  1. Has proper training taken place? Workers should receive thorough training in operating machinery, which addresses general advice such as posture and clothing, as well as specific details of how to use particular machines. Manuals should be available for workers to consult.
  2. Has everything been wired in properly? This should be carried out by a qualified electrician. People who are not trained professionals should never tamper with electrics.
  3. Are you using the right building materials for the job? If you’re ever unsure, check. Using the wrong materials can have disastrous consequences, both for you and your colleagues on site and for the end user once the work has been completed.
  4. Do you have the right safety equipment? Different machines and tools will require specialist equipment. Whether you need ear protection, a mask, safety harnesses or safety footwear, this should all be made clear in the training and you should have easy access to everything you need.