Avoiding Hard Hat Obstructions

Recognising a safety hazard is important, but it is crucial that the issue is effectively addressed, as well as maintaining a committed attitude to safety.

There are many hazards on a construction site, some may not always be considered a primary concern to safety. Although this may be the case, a proactive approach to reducing risks is always necessary to maintain high levels of safety onsite.

The example below shows how the difficulty of avoiding the obstruction of hard hats and overhead power lines can be avoided:

  • An on going issue involving hard hats clashing with overheard power points was addressed using a short length of bungee rope and retractable sockets to keep fittings out of range;
  • This rope was used every 5-6m to keep cables tidy and prevent trip hazards;
  • The length was also measured appropriately to maintain accessibility of such power points for daily use at arms reach;
  • Although this hazard was not recognised as a safety concern but more of a nuisance, it demonstrates a proactive and organised safety environment.

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Monitor report, Private, Kier Construction, Manchester.

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