Health and safety on a house building site is of the utmost importance. While this is a no-brainer for most, not everyone is aware that it is a legal requirement enforced by The Construction (Design and Management) Regulation 2007, meaning there are legal implications for those working on house building projects in relation to site health and safety.
Due to this law, all new house building projects must now have health and safety practices planned in advance of the project. This begins from design and concept stages and lasts up until the completion of every house, applying to all parties involved in the project, even those that don’t partake in the physical construction work.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the health and safety requirements for a house building site:
Safe Working Environment
Those in charge of the project are responsible for providing a safe environment to work in and must maintain the safety throughout the duration of the project. This means workers cannot face risks to health during a house build and must have safe access throughout the site.
The environment extends to elements such as machinery and equipment, along with other potential hazards throughout the site. Restricted access is also a requirement for unsafe areas, so make sure these are clearly stated for the safety of staff.
Secure Work Site
A work site for a house build must be kept secure at all times, including a fenced perimeter around the entire construction site. Fences should be adorned with clear signs regarding the restricted access of the site and any potential hazards that lie within.
Furthermore, sites should be kept in good working order and maintained to a reasonable standard of cleanliness. Yes, worksites are hardly the cleanest places to be, but they can still be kept tidy as long it remains practical.
The structure of a new house should always be stable to ensure the safety of all workers. Without stability, structures could be susceptible to collapsing during construction, which is a rather glaring health and safety risk for all concerned.
Should demolition work be necessary prior to construction of a new house, similar measures must be taken to ensure no parts collapse. As expected, a written plan is needed before any demolition work occurs.
All worksites for building a house will require energy distribution points, all of which must be clearly displayed as such to avoid health and safety risks. All power cables also need to be clearly identified and should be routed in the safest possible location.
While the risk of drowning during house construction may seem minimal, there are inherent risks around a site, and they don’t just apply to water. For instance, drowning from falling into a substance such concrete is a very real risk at a new build site, so appropriate health and safety measures are required.
Any traffic in the construction site must be free from danger, applying to both people and vehicles, who require safely planned routes throughout the site. Anyone using a vehicle must manoeuvre with the utmost care, particularly in compact spaces.