Personal Safety Importance

Behavioural safety attitudes need to change to prevent accidents and to improve safety standards on site.

All members of the workforce need to think about what they are going to do and how this will impact upon others before they act.

By encouraging safety awareness and highlighting the importance of safety on site, this should help to minimise accidents, incidents and near misses.

Examples of how sites have encouraged a continuous safety culture, based on operatives’ personal importance, include:

  • A poster on the wall in the induction room had the heading “The most important reason for making your workplace safe is not at work at all!” Underneath was a family photograph of the project manager, his wife and three children, with the caption: “Here is my reason. What is yours?”
  • Supervisors asked the workforce to provide personal photographs of their families, to be displayed on the dedicated safety board, as a reminder of their responsibilities. Operatives’ children also provided artistic work to raise awareness of safety to a much higher level.

Footer Reference

Considerate Constructors Scheme, Site Registration Examples of Good Practice Brochure, 2014

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