Managing safety risks

Safety is key within a construction environment, where there are potentially high-risk activities being carried out.

Risks should be monitored, minimised and measured to protect the workforce and public.

Sites should be continually striving to improve their safety measures and to attain the highest possible levels of safety.

Examples of how this has been seen include:

  • Electronic scaffolding tags replaced the well-proven Scafftag, indicating the amount of days left before the structure needed to be inspected;
  • Anti-crush measures were introduced on all Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP’s), when working under existing soffits;
  • Specific presentations for new supervisors, managers and engineers highlighted what required 12 weeks approval notice before starting work, combining different perspectives across the teams, to fully understand the safety risks;
  • Implementing a tag system that warns a machine driver if an operative wearing one of the tags comes within a certain distance of the machine.

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Second visit Monitor Report, Costain Ltd, London, July 2014

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