Working on building sites can be fraught with potential danger. The site itself can pose hazards, with loose and inadequate flooring, while the machinery, equipment, and tools that are on site are all potentially hazardous. In fact, without the proper training, there are more potential hazards that can be counted. In order to help ensure the safety of your employees, of site visitors, and of the public, you should provide suitable health and safety training for everybody that needs it.
Start by conducting a full risk analysis of the site. This will enable you to determine the potential hazards that do exist, and you will be able to identify the likelihood of these risks becoming a problem. Using a risk analysis, you can also identify the training courses and health and safety courses that can be used in order to reduce or eliminate any risk that is posed. Risk analyses can also be used for insurance purposes and if the worst does happen and an accident occurs, the fact that you conducted a risk analysis may be enough to help you avoid prosecution or fines.
Working at heights is a potential danger. There is the obvious risk of falling, but this isn’t the only potential cause of damage or injury. Items that are dropped or knocked from height can cause major injuries or massive damage to people or objects below. Suitable training can ensure that these risks are eliminated. Employees can be trained to identify the proper safety equipment, such as harnesses, as well as the proper equipment to use.
The machinery that is found on building sites is also potentially dangerous, if it not used properly or properly maintained. Ensure regular maintenance and routine checks of the machinery, but also make sure that anybody that will be using this machinery has had the proper training. This not only includes machinery like diggers, but elevated platforms and even the power tools that builders use on a regular basis. They each pose unique threats, so it is important that users have the proper training to avoid mistakes and to prevent injuries.
The site itself can be a potential hazard. Specialist training can be used so that your employees are able to conduct a site analysis or ground analysis. This kind of analysis may be done to specifically determine whether a piece of machinery can be used on a particular site, to determine the most effective and efficient platform or scaffolding, but also to determine how a site can be made safe enough that work can be carried out.
Health and safety training should be considered an integral part of running a construction business, and you should conduct regular risk analysis. These analyses will not only help you determine the best equipment and the best items for use, but they can also help you identify any holes in safety training and how to fill them.
The Safety Maintenance Company Limited offers a host of different safety training courses that are relevant to construction sites, businesses, and employees. Ensure your employees are safe and protect your business with the right training courses.