Importance Of Construction Site Safety

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Site Safe is a small independent organization set up by the construction industry to reduce construction injuries and deaths by taking the lead in promoting construction site safety. Construction can be a hazardous business. This is widely recognised by Occupational Safety & Health (OSH), and everyone in the construction industry. OSH is concerned with promoting the highest degree of protection for the safety, health and welfare of workers in their occupations. OSH is also designed to protect other members of the public who are impacted by the workplace environment.

When accidents happen, the costs are high for people, profits and also productivity. One of the best ways to avoid injuries and minimise costs is through good planning and co-ordination
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They also have a duty to consider the safety of others who may be affected by the project, such as the public.

To achieve this, the principal (depending on their knowledge and experience) may need help from designers/advisers, contractors and subcontractors.

The steps required will depend on the size and scope of each project. The larger the project, the wider the range will be of possible risks and hazards.

Designers/advisers in particular need to consider the potential effect of their actions and designs on the health and safety of those carrying out the work and others affected by it.

In short, everyone involved with a construction project such as from planners, designers and supervisors through to on-site workers have a big role to play in the management of health and safety during a construction project. This level of duty for each duty holder doesn’t go beyond what is reasonable for them to take.

Figure 2: The Principal to Contractor Relationship

Responsibilities of
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Client must provide the designer/adviser and tenderers with relevant health and safety information (such as existing drawings, any existing site safety plan — including any known hazards, surveys of the site or premises or information on the location of services)
Designers/Advisers:
1. Designer must obtained sufficient information from the client and other parties to make sure the plan is prepared competently (such as drawings, job specifications and product specifications)
2. Designer must prepared the pre-tender stage health and safety plan, where requested, on behalf of the client (essentially, this is a collection of information about the significant health and safety risks of the project)
3. Designer must provide the client and potential contractors with information about the risks that cannot be avoided and will have to be controlled by the head contractor and other contractors
4. Designer must provide advice, where requested, to the client on the health and safety performance of potential contractors and organisations tendering for the work

Stage 4 – Construction
Clients:
1. Client have to make sure the building programme allows sufficient time to carry out the construction phase

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