Health and Safety on Site

We take the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 very seriously, making it our priority on every job we undertake. Our team members aren't allowed to be on site without correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment); Hard Hat, Hi-Visibility Jacket and Steel Toe-Cap Boots. Without this equipment they could pose risks to themselves or others around them. This helps to prevent accidents like what happened to Mrs Margaret Gardiner in Bedford. There are many stories out there here are just some of them, there is a lot more at risk than we first thought.


Whilst carrying out our work we always stay professional using the recommended guide lines to avoid causing serious injury. In accordance with the law a person cannot be expected to carry more than 25kgs by themselves, with this in mind we always ensure that weight from large heavy objects is evenly distributed across a sufficient number of people which helps to avoid injuries to our team.
The most common injury from carrying too much weight is back injuries some of which could last a life time.

Building Regulations are important to the long term safety of a building. In making sure that a building is compliant with Building Regulations we can be sure that our builds will withstand the test of time.

Here are some more specific safety topics:

  • Site organisation - Everything you need to know about organising a safe and healthy construction site.
  • Slips, trips and falls - Assess, eliminate and control the risks of slips, trips and falls on construction sites.
  • Work at height - The hierarchy of controls for working at height, from working at ground level, using towers, scaffolds, platforms and ladders and, as a last resort, fall restraints and safety netting.
  • Structural stability - Assess the risks and prevent unintentional structural collapse during alterations, demolition and dismantling; and the measures you need to take to prevent accidents in excavations.
  • Cranes - All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person; appropriately supervised; and carried out in a safe manner.
  • Electricity - Work safely with power supplies and electrical equipment; map overhead power lines and underground cables to prevent accidental contact with machinery.
  • Fire - Identify the risks of fire; control combustible materials and ignition sources; and make it clear exactly what to do if fire does break out.
  • Mobile plant and vehicles - Assess the risks, establish competence to operate and control access to telehandlers, excavators, mobile work platforms, dumpers and road vehicles.
  • Demolition - All demolition, dismantling and structural alteration should be carefully planned and carried out by competent practitioners.

A Quality Darlington Builder

Darlington at night

Darlington is in the heart of County Durham, North East and home to Howard Builders. We specialise in Property Development but that isn't all we bring to the table. We believe in offering the full package, being the place to be for anything development with this in mind we proudly offer our services in all aspects of building, from constructing the building to electrical work all the way to plumbing.

Through years of dedication and commitment we have built a reputation for quality and have forged successful professional relationships in and around Darlington. We have been given countless testimonials by our clients which demonstrate the quality of our work.

Our team is available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Need a hand? Call 01325 364 045 to help us, help you.

Website Redevelopment

As many of you will have noticed, last month our website redevelopment brought drastic changes. There were many additions, created with your browsing experience at heart. We updated our colour scheme, to use a smokey black background with green headers and links.

Blogging Redevelopment

You may have also noticed, there is more information available and ready at your finger tips. If you haven't visited the blog section yet, it would be more than worth your while. Our blog section is rich with information and would end up saving you money.

A new blog is posted every week.