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.