Steps Builders Need to Take Mitigating Risks

The Steps You Need to Take

As a small builder responsible for small and medium sized commercial projects, (including repair and refurbishment work over a period of up to 30 working days), and private commissions  in private homes, (including extensions, repairs and refurbishments) legislation states that you must:

  • Mitigate for Risks and hazards : Be aware of all potential hazards and risks that can arise during the scope of works that you and your workforce carry out,  and mitigate accordingly to ensure that any such works are executed is a safe manner.
  • Empowering your workforce with knowledge:  Your workforce have a duty of care to themselves, their fellow workers, the client and the public. Management must ensure that the all operatives are completely au-fait with all aspects of health and safety that impact in these areas, in order that best practice can be observed at all times.
  • Working closely with your client to promote health and safety on site: Any business client that you work with is legally obliged to facilitate best practice in matters of mitigating hazard or risk, so you must work closely with them to promote the safe welfare of all persons on site. You must also work and liaise closely with any home owner to promote safe practice.

Keeping Your Workers Safe Is Easier Than You Think

Your workers can be protected from most hazards by introducing the most simple safety measures at your building site / place or work. Simply provide the required PPE, the correct tools for the job being done and carrying out regular risk audits

As A Builder / Contractor You Should Always Be Aware That...

The great majority of fatalities in the construction industry arena occur on small building projects which often take place in existing homes and work place environments. You must:

  • Only undertake projects where you have sufficient training to complete all aspects of the scope of works in a safe manner.  Your site manager is totally responsible for all aspects of health and safety on site but ultimate responsibility rests with the owner of the business. You must be totally aware.
  • Every member of the workforce on site must be fully trained in all aspects of the work that he or she will undertake. It is the site manager’s responsibility to ensure that only operatives with appropriate training are used.
  • Most fatalities occur in relation to: ladder accidents; collapse of, and falls from scaffolding; collapse of, and falls from temporary work platforms; working on roofs and near roof edging.
FairTrades highly recommends that all our members read the following Five steps to risk assessment published by the UK Health and Safety Executive

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