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How do we stay safe on-site?

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1st September 2022

The most important area when working with machinery and working on construction sites is safety. That’s the safety of our team members, any third-party member, and members of the public who may be at risk. We take many precautions and a great deal of care to make sure everyone is always as safe as possible.

There are many rules and regulations to follow whilst on a site, here are the main things we do to stay safe on site.

 

CPCS 

CPCS stands for Construction Plant Competence Scheme, this is something that all our team will have before they can even step onto a site or machine. It’s essentially a skills card for those who work with plant machinery. This accreditation shows that our employees are knowledgeable and can carry out their role operating machinery safely and competently, so they have met the required standards for performing particular roles on construction sites.

 

CITB 

CITB stands for Construction Industry Training Board, it is required by law to have this card if you are working in the construction industry, all our employees will possess one of these accreditations. The CITB, Health and Safety Awareness, is a nationally recognised qualification for any construction workers' training, ensuring they are safe to work on-site focusing on health and safety, welfare, and environmental issue identifying individual responsibilities.

 

Uniform 

High-visibility vest: 

High-visibility clothing should be worn in all construction locations where vehicles or plant are operating, this includes drivers when they leave their vehicles. Allowing anyone to be more visible when working on site.

Steel toe boots: 

The bones in the foot are quite delicate and easily damaged and any muscle or tendon damage can prevent normal movement for several months, therefore it is required to wear suitable footwear on site.

Hard hats: 

A head injury can be extremely serious and must be always protected. On almost all construction sites the risks of head injury are such that the law requires head protection to be worn. 

Gloves and eye protection: 

Gloves and eye protection are also required when handling sharp objects, breaking ground with the risk of splintering and flying debris.

 

Weather 

Hot weather: 

During summer on very bright days, it is important to protect against over-exposure to sunlight which can cause skin cancer. Other factors include dehydration and sunburn which can both be serious. We make sure our team takes regular water breaks to rehydrate, this is especially true during the summer months when we have hot water. 

Cold weather: 

Although cold weather doesn’t pose the same risks as hot weather, it’s still important to take precautions. Ensuring our team are wearing weather-appropriate clothing to make sure they stay warm while working is important, especially when working at a height where the cold can distract and lead to loss of concentration. 

 

Machine safety checks 

All our plant machinery equipment is regularly maintained and kept up to date. Ensuring our machines are cleaned, well looked after, and kept updated is paramount to us, we want all our machinery to work at its best and be completely safe to use for our clients and employees.

 

These are some ways we make sure that our team and others around them stay safe, these checks aren’t just for us but for our clients and machinery. It’s vital that we take precautions and checks to make sure that everyone is kept safe at all times. For peace of mind while working on a site and members of the public whom we interact with.

If you have any questions regarding our safety on site or what you may need to do to ensure your safety handling our machines, don’t hesitate to contact us here: Enquiry Form


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