Staying Safe When Lone Working in Construction – Top 5 Tips
Staying safe when lone working in construction can be trickier than first imagined. Although most roles are not carried out alone, there are still some risks that mean workers benefit from the same classification as lone workers. There are also environmental hazards which are much higher than inother industries.
So let’s have a look at what some of those hazards are and the top 5 ways to reduce or manage them.
What Are The Hazards of Lone Working in Construction?
There are a variety of hazards that could befall a person working alone on a construction site or in the industry, which really depend on the type of job you do.
Working in construction may mean travelling between work sites. You might be a supervisor who looks after more than one site or you may use a vehicle for long parts of the day, on your own. If you drive alone there is a risk that you could be involved in a traffic accident or become stranded somewhere.
Working at Height
One of the biggest risks in construction are those associated with working at height. If you are working at height alone, then those risks are even higher. Remember, working at height doesn’t mean you have to be way up high! Even a fall from a couple of feet could cause serious injury.
Illness or fall
If you are alone at a site and suddenly become ill or have a slip, or fall, it is essential that you can call for help quickly. Ideally, workers shouldn’t be alone on dangerous sites but it does happen, or maybe you are security on a site or start work earlier/later than colleagues.
Equipment related accidents
Some jobs in the construction industry involve using dangerous equipment. These range from a basic drill to a fork lift truck – any type of equipment has the potential to cause injury.
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Here are some tips which could help you keep safe when working in the construction industry.
- Don’t work when tired or ill
If you are tired beyond what is usual, or ill, it may affect your concentration. The construction industry involves working with a lot of hazards so you need to look after your health and ensure you are alert when working. Even driving can become very dangerous when you are tired.
- Carry a lone worker device
A lone worker device will mean that if you have an accident or become ill, you can receive the help you need quickly.
- Carry a device that has ‘man-down’ capabilities
When working at height if you have an accident it is essential that you get help quickly. If you are alone this could prove difficult. A man down lone worker device detects sudden falls or lack of movement so is ideal for these type of situations.
- Training, training and more training!
The construction industry is highly regulated in the UK anyway but it is essential to ensure that you are fully trained for all of the jobs you perform and equipment that you may use.
- Avoid lone working where possible
There are some scenarios where it may not be safe to work alone, even with precautions in place. A risk assessment should be done to determine the level of risk and if you should proceed or not. Raise it with your employer if you feel like you are working alone in less than ideal conditions.
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