The Importance of Construction Site Safety

We’ve all seen those photos of construction workers in the ‘30s working on skyscrapers and balancing along the beams without a care in the world. Looking at these photos now, it’s clear we’ve come a long way in terms of site safety, but just why is this matter so important?

Worker Safety

The most obvious reason to care about construction site safety is of course the well-being of the workers.

Accidents happen, on a construction site more than most. The industry itself is very prone to hazardous situations: working high-up a partially constructed building, handling heavy materials and equipment, and challenges caused by ever-changing weather conditions. All these things can pose a danger to the workers, both immediately and in the long-term.

Even with all the modern precautions and guidelines, construction sites are still considered to be one of the most hazardous places to work. Although on a downward trend, the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is around 4 times the all-industry average, and in 2018/19-2020/21 2.9% of workers suffered non-fatal injuries compared to the 1.7% industry average.

As well as the implications these sorts of injuries have on the wellness and career of the individual worker, injuries lead to worker downtime and a loss of productivity, not ideal if you are working to a tight deadline.

Public Safety

As well as construction workers, a poorly managed construction site can also pose a danger to members of the public who may walk past the site, especially when located in a busy area.

From the risk of objects falling onto bystanders, to tripping on hazardous materials or uneven surfaces, members of the public can also find themselves at risk when on or near a constriction site. Warning signs, safety barriers, and good lighting are all key to site awareness and are especially critical as members of the public are unlikely to be wearing the appropriate PPE equipment, increasing their risk of accident and accident severity.  

Business Safety

If an injury does occur, either to a member of the public or a construction worker there may be legal ramifications, especially if current health and safety standards are not being followed. You can find out more about the latest UK government guidelines here.

Accidents, particularly severe ones, can also lead to investigations resulting in temporary or permanent shut-down of the site, damaged materials and equipment, and a lowering of worker morale and company reputation. Each of these can be costly to repair/replace but relatively easy to prevent with proper safety procedures and training in place.  

Here at Ace Plant, we have nearly 50 years of experience in plant hire and sales. From bunded fuel storage and dust suppression, to lighting towers and tractors, we have a range of high-quality vehicles and equipment available to help make your site as safe as possible. Explore our range of plant equipment to hire, and get in touch with the Ace Plant team today to find out more!

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