The Importance of Health and Safety in Construction
It’s no secret that there are countless health and safety risks and hazards to be found on construction sites, especially when it comes to working with high-risk equipment, heavy materials, and dangerous chemicals.
The construction industries are considered one of the most dangerous industries prone to danger. Dealing with various hazards, it’s understandable that health and safety hazards must be set in place and followed strictly to maintain an efficient work environment. To minimize the number of risks on-site, workers need to make sure that they follow all the proper measures to also abide by the law. Managers are responsible for introducing health and safety to workers commencing work on construction projects to avoid accidents from occurring.
Working Responsibly by Complying with Health and Safety Rules
Construction environments are changing as construction workers are required to work at different heights, with heavy loads, to operate heavy machinery and rough materials. To keep any risks at bay, workers often have to undergo some form of training before starting a project, which should be updated and given to workers regularly, along with instructions on how to maintain safety during daily operations.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that the construction industry is responsible for accidents and deaths that occur on the job. It accounts for 10% of all workplace injuries. Apart from workplace injuries, construction workers are also susceptible to illnesses, like carpal tunnel syndrome, deafness, dermatitis, and vibration white finger. All of these illnesses develop as a result of inhaling dust, vibrating tools, and gaining exposure to loud noises and chemicals. Occupational cancer is also big in the construction industry with exposure to silica and asbestos.
With many dangerous risks at hand, by following construction rules and health and safety protocols, all of these risks and illnesses can be prevented. The construction manager must provide the necessary training to ensure they are prevented.