Prevention and safety on a construction site

Some environments are more accident prone than others. Construction sites are undoubtedly one of those places that represent a risk for employees. Indeed, building professionals are exposed to many potential risks that the project manager must prevent. Certain preventive measures can thus be put in place to guarantee safety on construction sites.

Prevention and safety on a construction site: the potential risks

A site is by definition a particularly risky place for employees due to the presence of hazardous materials and equipment. The multiplication of the number of interveners can also be a risk factor. So many risks can arise on a construction or renovation site:

  • falls and slips related to movement;
  • falling objects;
  • awkward handling and postures;
  • machine operation;
  • weather conditions ;
  • sensory hazards due to noise and tools;
  • chemical risk;
  • electrical risk;
  • biological hazards.

The prevention of these occupational risks in the construction industry and responsibility in the event of their occurrence is the responsibility of the project manager. This is why on all our sites, we scrupulously ensure compliance with the rules in terms of health and safety at work.

How to prevent risks?

It is therefore necessary to ensure risk prevention on construction sites. To achieve this, several means are available to the project manager.

Training and information: In order to reduce the risks on a site, the care and support of newcomers is necessary. Safety rules must be presented to them and reminded them regularly. Indeed, accidents often occur in the first days of surgery. The importance of the role of managers is then felt because awareness will start with them. Managers must be involved and exemplary in terms of risk prevention and safety.

Safety rules: Compliance with certain safety rules also helps prevent risks on a site. This is particularly the case for wearing construction site PPE or personal protective equipment such as gloves, helmets, shoes, goggles and protective masks. There are also hearing protectors, specific clothing, support belts and protectors for the elbows and knees.

In the event of work carried out at height, belay devices must be provided.

The prevention plan

A risk prevention and safety plan is required when several building professionals intervene successively or simultaneously on the site. The objective is to formalize all the rules that must be observed by all stakeholders, but also the specific rules for each trade.

It thus makes it possible to coordinate actions and establish a common base of preventive safety measures to protect all employees.

The safety of employees on a construction site is a subject that should not be taken lightly. It is imperative to anticipate risks as much as possible through prevention.