Tool safety

New and improved safety methods should be continuously sought.

Safety standards and improvements should be communicated to everyone on site, as well as suppliers and trade contractors.

  • A number of sites have set up a ‘cordless culture’ for hand tools, in conjunction with leading suppliers and provided battery banks at several locations with powerful batteries for quicker recharge;
  • A ‘Stanley knife amnesty’ has been initiated in response to the dangers posed by knives. This enabled operatives to exchange unsuitable knives for a newly developed knife, that retracted automatically in a fall situation and was also retracted when left unattended or in a tool bag;
  • A number of operatives communicate the type of work taking place on site by putting up signs outside the property where the work is taking place e.g. when a carpentry subcontractor is using a nail gun, a sign is put up outside to effectively inform everyone on site of the increased risk in the area.

These simple, safety methods can reduce the risk of accidents on site.

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Considerate Constructors Scheme, Company Registration Examples of Good Practice, 2014; Monitor Report, Galliford Try, Worcestershire, October 2014.

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