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Managing Health & Safety in Construction

Health & safety in construction – A series of articles

We have written a series of articles that focus on different areas of risk in the construction industry, and provided some insight as to what these risks are, the potential effects they can have and how to avoid them and keep yourself safe.

On this page, you will find links to every article in the series.

Working at height in construction

Construction has never been safer as an industry, but there are still areas that can pose a potential threat.

One of the biggest areas of risk in the industry is working at height and the potential hazards that come with carrying out work in the air. We’ve decided to take a look at some of the facts surrounding workplace injuries from working at height and what we can do to improve.

Manual handling in construction

Manual handling in the construction industry is something that happens on an every day basis, but there are multiple different situations that could lead to some disastrous consequences.

According to The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, employers must put procedures in place to reduce or eliminate risks from lifting, carrying and handling heavy loads. With this in mind, we need to make sure that work is being carried out as safely as possible. In this article, we’ve looked at the risks of manual handling and how to protect yourself.

Electrical safety in construction

Construction sites as a whole as safer than ever, with better resources for staff training available and new health and safety regulations to adhere to. But even with these advances in safety, there is still potential for things to go wrong.

Electrical work plays a big part in the construction industry, with construction sites using and being around electrical equipment almost 24/7. With so many hazards and risks to be aware of, you need to know how to work safely. In this article, we’ve taken a look at electrical safety in the construction industry and how you can protect yourself.

Harmful substances in construction

We’ve previously spoken about some of the more physical dangers of working in the construction industry, with the likes of electrical safety and manual handling procedures being a priority for workers. But now it is time to talk about something that is a bit harder to spot.

In this article, we’ve taken a look at some of the most common types of harmful substances you might find on-site and the risks that come with each one.

Controlling noise in construction

Working in construction naturally comes with a lot of noise, from the use of loud equipment to conversation amongst the team. But how much can a bit of noise really affect you?

Over exposure to loud noises whilst working can actually have some serious consequences, causing permanent damage to your hearing in the process. When working in such a noisy environment, it’s crucial that you know how to protect yourself. In this article, we’ve looked at noise control and the long terms effects of overexposure to loud sounds.

Physical & mental health in construction

Everyone knows that construction work can be potentially dangerous if you’re not careful, and failure to comply with health and safety standards can have disastrous consequences.

But how many people consider the effect that the day-to-day jobs have on your body – both physically and mentally?

We conclude our “Health & Safety In Construction” series by taking a look at the toll that construction work can have on our physical and mental health.