As a construction worker, you’ll often be on a building site or working a job in close proximity to heavy machinery, other vehicles, and the general public. Everything from working on a shop front, fixing roadworks, or constructing new homes will likely involve some level of interaction or crossover with the public, and as such, it’s important to keep yourself and others safe.
Health and safety regulations are much easier to manage on a secure site. But those jobs that are a little closer to the hustle and bustle can be an accident waiting to happen. If you’re struggling with how to protect yourself, the machinery, and passersby, here are a few tips to remember.
Protecting the public
Create temporary barriers
When working on pathways or roads, it’s vital to be aware of how busy the surroundings are and whether pedestrians have an alternative route. Jobs that require you to block off part of the natural route – either with ladders or larger equipment – should have temporary barriers and a clear redirection so that passersby don’t have to walk in the open road.
Even when working during the day, all members of staff should sign in and out of the site and wear high vis. High vis doesn’t just make staff visible in low light; it also helps to identify members of the crew easily when working in public areas where other people are present. You can buy all the safety equipment and workwear you need at Tradefix Direct – including high vis short-sleeved shirts so that you’re even protected in the hotter months.
Strategically schedule deliveries
If materials, machinery, or vehicles need to be brought onto site throughout the job, make sure to schedule deliveries strategically. There’s nothing worse for the public than being stuck in traffic on the way to or from work due to construction. Be mindful of rush hour to avoid disrupting the local traffic as much as possible.
Protecting you & the site
Scaffolding platforms and railings should only be erected by qualified personnel. There should also be regular inspections of any structures to ensure the continued safety of those working on site.
Whether you’re just working for a few days or expect a job to take months, you should always ensure things are locked up securely after the working day is done. Leaving things on site or in your van could quickly lead to theft or injury, or worse. Everything that could cause risk should be removed at the end of each day and locked up securely.
Keep things out of the way
It goes without saying, but where possible, ladders and materials should be used out of the way of the general public so as to avoid accidents and injury – to you or a pedestrian.
Although these tips may seem straightforward, it can be easy to just arrive on site and get on with the job. By being hyper-aware about your surroundings and the potential risks to you, other workers, and the public, the job can be done quicker, safer, and easier.