Improving communication amongst the workforce to increase safety

Construction related hazards should be identified and measures implemented to overcome these risks, to better safeguard your workforce.

Campaigns can be used to involve all members of the workforce and focus attention on general safety.

Below is an example of how sites can improve communication and increase safety awareness:

  • The ‘THUMBS UP’ initiative was introduced on site;
  • This was reinforced by displaying posters around the working site which feature famous celebrities (The Fonz, Borat etc) with their thumbs up and a caption saying ‘If you need to approach me, attract my attention & give me the THUMBS UP’.

The THUMBS UP campaign aims to make a difference to the way site managers and plant operators communicate.

Operatives give a thumbs up sign to the plant operator, to raise awareness of their presence in the workspace and asking permission to enter the work zone, ensuring a high level of safety around site.

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Monitor Report, Carillion Construction Ltd, Sheffield, April 2015

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