Health and safety in the construction industry simply means identifying various types of risks and controlling or totally eliminating them to prevent accidents from occurring to the work force. All construction site work must comply with UK health and safety rules and regulations. Health safety consultants including a CDM coordinator have a great deal of tasks to carry out when it comes to health and safety of workers in the construction field.
When accidents occur, companies have to go through human life losses as well as treatment costs. Potential impacts that can arise due to accidents also include higher insurance premiums, lost of precious time and also materials, as well as compensation claims and legal costs. Indirect costs such as possible damage to the good name of the company which can later create problems towards attracting probable customers. Hence it is necessary to have good health and safety practices in order to display respect for employees, clients, customers etc. According to reports, the construction industry has one of the highest rates of accidents out of all the employment sectors. Therefore by hiring a professional safety consultant your company can minimize the risks.
Everyone who is involved in construction is somehow or the other responsible for health and safety on site. Designers and planners should ensure that their designs provide a safe and healthy environment to the end user and while constructing the design, they should also be cautious that none of the workers are affected by hazardous implications. Construction workers have legal rights to safe working conditions and safety equipment should be used at all times to protect themselves rather than blaming the company all the time for not having a safe environment for them to work in.
Risks involved in the construction industry include mainly falling from heights, objects falling from high places atop workers or striking them being the most common. Workers can be injured by being caught or trapped within small construction units, get hit by moving vehicles, get electrocuted by loose cables, fires and explosions, lifting and carrying heavy objects as well as health hazards such as chemical gas leaks, dust, heat, noise, vibration, radiation and compressed air etc. So it is important that as a company that you should construct a proper health and safety plan before you start off your construction phase.