Ensuring Fitness to Work

For construction workers, especially safety-critical workers like plant operators, it is vital that they are medically capable of undertaking the work required.

There is a great risk of harm to the operative, their colleagues and the wider public if they are not fit for the work in question. For instance, health conditions which can involve sudden loss of consciousness, impaired vision or hearing, impaired awareness, impaired coordination or restricted mobility could make someone unfit to operate plant machinery.

It is good practice to check if a safety-critical worker is fit to work by having an occupational health doctor conduct a full medical assessment, tailored to the needs of the job in question. For example, a crane operator must be able to climb the mast, have good vision and not suffer from a condition which causes them to lose consciousness.

Sites should have systematic, regular checks to identify early signs of ill health, and ask safety-critical workers to keep their employer updated on any health and/or medication changes which may affect their work.

Employers have a duty to ensure a safe system of work, which includes the medical fitness of employees.

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Considerate Constructors Scheme (April 2017)

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