16 Jul 2014

Reduce Construction Site Risks with Good to Go.

Knowing where danger lies is half the job of avoiding accidents on a construction site.

With ladders, podium steps, scaffolding and heavy equipment all over the place, your site is a hotbed for potential accidents and fatalities.

Make a difference and take the proper steps to workplace safety such as using a SEMS (Safe equipment management system).

The SEMS is a checklist tagging system for workplace equipment which promotes pre-use inspections to be carried out and the findings clearly displayed to employees, simply attach the status tag (usually at point of entry to maximise visibility); use a checklist to carry our the inspection (a duplicate carbon copy is retained as part of your audit trail); place the checklist inside the tag to clearly indicate when it is Good to Go. A tamper evident seal can be fitted to prevent the checklist being removed or altered.

Here to help you evaluate the possible risks, are some of the most common construction site hazards.

1. Falls from Scaffolding or Fixed Ladders
The number one construction site hazard – with over 50% of accidents – is builders falling from ladders over 20 feet or scaffolding over 6 feet high.

Apart from general falls due to slips and trips, unstable scaffolding causes many dangerous accidents, with one in five leading to fatality.

Scaffolding can be unstable because of improper setup, loss of a load, damaged components or suspended materials striking it.

To reduce risk, use the Good to Go Scaffolding Daily Kit. A daily inspection of scaffolding will ensure tubes, boards, fittings, guard rails, braces, joints and more are free from damage or general wear and tear.

2. Ladder Injuries
While leading to less fatalities, stairway and ladder accidents serious enough to put a worker on sick leave are the most common in construction sites.

To reduce risk, use the Good to Go Ladder Daily Kit. A pre-use inspection of ladders will ensure rungs, stiles, fittings, the platform, handrail, feet and more are free from damage or general wear and tear. Again, it’s key to clear ladders from potentially hazardous obstacles.

Make sure you follow the correct UK guidance for stairs and ladder safety.

3. Heavy Construction Equipment
Last but not least, accidents due to careless use of heavy construction equipment are unfortunately all too common. And they can happen in a multitude of different ways.

Ground workers are at the greatest risk of being struck or crushed by vehicles changing direction or reversing. Or from being struck by equipment falling from buckets.

Improperly set brakes often lead to mechanics getting injured, and rollovers can lead to vehicle operators getting seriously hurt too.

Use the Good to Go Bespoke Daily Kit. A pre-use inspection of hazardous equipment will allow you to set your own safety inspection questions and ensure equipment is in safe working order, this will reduce potential fatalities caused by faulty brakes etc.

Good to Go also have a range of MEWP inspections which can reduce the rate of injuries by simply following a series of questions.

Carefully following safety requirements is the secret to avoiding these workplace accidents.

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