Site Inspection- providing a safe working environment
12th October 2017
We are supporting the second phase of the HSE's latest construction campaign that urges site managers and health and safety personnel to partake in construction site inspections on a routine basis to ensure health, safety and welfare of the workers on site.
Inspections are a systematic way of checking that your working environment and procedures on site are meeting the required standards to ensure worker safety and minimise the risk of accidents. According the HSE statistics in 2015/16, 65,000 people were reported with non-fatal, construction related injuries, rising from the previous year.
Before carrying out your site inspection, it is important to prioritise what areas are a higher risk to danger and how crucial it is for certain areas to be inspected; this will differentiate on the industry that you work in. It is also important to devise a plan on how frequent your site needs inspecting. This can range from a weekly inspection to a monthly inspection, dependant on the volume of work that takes place on the site.
Reading through the previous inspection reports to see what problems have been identified and whether these have been fixed is useful for the site inspector in charge. This will allow you to see if there are any certain areas that pose a continuous issue.
With the bulk of Mentor's training taking place on customer's sites with exposure to health and safety hazards such as moving objects, working at height risks and contact with dust particles, we are well equipped on how to carry out an orderly and thorough inspection and contribute towards minimising ill-health. Some of the main risks to look out for when inspecting your site include the following:
- Working at height e.g. scaffolding towers
- Asbestos awareness
- Electricity e.g. working near overhead power lines, cables running along the site floor
- Respiratory risk such as exposure to dust or hazardous materials and fibres
- Moving objects
- Obscure objects and equipment that could be in the way of work being completed
- Testing and service dates for the equipment
There should be a responsibility to those in charge in of carrying out the inspection to follow up and ensure the actions raised are completed within an agreed time scale.
It is the role of the site inspector to ultimately identify problems before they become an accident. This will provide a safer working environment for your employees and increase the credibility of the business.
For more information on how to implement safety into your workplace, call us today