As anyone who works in commercial interior design will know, construction sites can be dangerous regardless of the precise nature of the work being undertaken. However, while many interior designers for commercial properties are keenly aware of safety issues, it is perhaps worth reflecting on best practice requirements, so you know what to expect. We offer up 4 on-site construction safety considerations that highlight the site manager’s responsibility and that of a visitor.
It is against the law to start work on a construction site without undertaking a brief induction beforehand. A good induction should include an overview of sign-in procedures, tips about standard practices, and any emergency protocols.
It goes without saying is very important that you follow all procedures expected of you to avoid accidents or injuries. Safety protocols will have been put in place for a reason, usually following a thorough risk assessment.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, it is the responsibility of employers to oversee the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). However, employees and contractors should also think carefully about their own safety and consider what protection they need with regards to temperatures, visibility and protection against falling objects. It could be worth knowing some of the protocol around head protection and colours used on site for easy identification.
You should be provided with the relevant safety gear to protect the eyes, skin, head, feet, lungs, or body.
There are also requirements with regards to Covid-19 on construction sites with PPE and other protection measures needing to be taken.
Slips and trips represent some of the most common workplace accidents, accounting for around 30% of major on-site injuries. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure sites are kept as tidy as possible – paying extra special attention to entrance routes and emergency exits.
It is also everyone’s responsibility to act on what they see. If as a visitor you spot an equipment defect. Look to immediately report the problem to the relevant point of contact, who should have been pointed out to you in your induction.