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Health and safety are a crucial concern in all working environments and the construction field is no exception. Construction safety knowledge along with the ability to identify and prevent construction accidents is beneficial when attempting both skilled and unskilled tasks.
Ensuring a construction site is clean and free from hazardous waste materials is an important responsibility when undergoing a construction related project. Knowledge regarding construction waste is valuable, to ensure waste is both safely and legally disposed of.
Materials such as plaster and plasterboard, for example, must be disposed of correctly, and in line with the Environmental Agency's 2009 regulations regarding the disposal of gypsum. Therefore, it is necessary to employ the correct procedures when disposing of this type of waste or employ the services of companies that comply with these regulations.
Aside from legal issues, there are many considerations when removing waste that should be contemplated. For example, the amount, or size of the waste you wish to dispose of, and the type of waste, are key factors in the methods you should apply when clearing a construction site.
Waste found on construction sites is often hazardous and can lead to serious injuries when disposed of incorrectly. It is recommended that the correct machinery is used when disposing of this particular type of waste. Therefore, the use of machinery, designed specifically to safely and efficiently remove construction waste, is preferable.
Aside from ensuring those working on a construction site are properly trained, to use any machinery that is required, here are several useful tips to follow, to ensure a safe working environment:
If you are unsure of whether your team possesses the skills to fulfil your construction needs, hire professionals with expert knowledge in the particular field. This will prevent you, or your team, from incurring any unnecessary injuries that could have been prevented.
Ensure that tools are correctly maintained, and working effectively before embarking on any construction project. Tools should be checked throughout the day, to confirm that they are performing to their appropriate standards. This will help to prevent any injuries occurring due to malfunctioning issues.
It is essential that your team is wearing the correct safety equipment for the task that they are performing. Hard hats and eye protection should be worn, along with reflective vests, to protect workers. For those working on scaffolding or rooftops, harnesses should be worn to avoid injury.
Any individual working on a construction site or project should take regular breaks. This helps to avoid any injuries that may have been caused by tiredness or exhaustion, and also allows time to re-energise.
Use your common sense and be aware of any potential hazards around you. If you identify a hazard, avoid it, and urge others to do the same.