For any on-site project, safety is the most important factor. Ensuring that we reduce the risks of accidents, costly delays and to protect the workforce, these are the key elements to ensuring that you not only deliver on time, but within budget and most importantly, safely.
Health and safety plays a huge part in all businesses, whether you are an employer or self-employed, the same rules apply. You are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of anyone who may be affected by what you do. This includes all workers, trainees, customers, as well as members of the public. Many people think that health and safety procedures have to be made complicated- well they don’t. As long as you take reasonable steps to protect yourself and your employees from injuries and any harm, you will be fine.
To ensure you keep your place of work safe, you must
- Keep floors and traffic routes, free from any obstructions
- Maintain all work equipment fully
- Adequate equipment for the work to be carried out to the highest standards
Ardent hire have good working ethics, they ensure that every piece of equipment is in full working order before it can be released for hiring out. They will ensure that when they deliver any equipment, they clearly communicate how each machine operates, to make sure that everyone remains safe on site.
Safe working practices are not only sensible, they are more often than not, compulsory. Especially when you’re working at heights, in dangerous environments or operating heavy loads. Health and safety is more than consenting on paper, it could be a lifesaver for you.
Below are some tips for you to follow inorder to promote safe work practices;
- Employees must only operate machinery that they are familiar with and authorised to use
- Employees must not overload vehicles
- Where vision is blurred or obstructed, workers must not continue operating machinery until adjustments have been made so that work can resume to its usual standards
- Operators must ensure that all equipment is inspected daily, before it is used and after, reporting any defects or unsafe conditions to the person in charge as soon as possible
- Seatbelts that are provided in vehicles must always be warn when it is in motion
- To only use approved tools and machinery
- Switch all tools off before you connect them to a power supply
- Do not carry tools by the cord
- Always use the right piece of machinery for the job is in intended for
- Wear the correct protective equipment- glasses, gloves etc
- Make sure all work and storage areas are kept free from any obstructions
The equipment and machinery that is produced today, is the safest and most reliable there ever was. To make the most of these tools and ensure your employees’ safety is top priority, a safety programme should not only be in place across all your jobs, it should be relevant and timely. Every year, there are thousands of injuries and accidents that are related to the operation of machinery and equipment. A lot of these accidents involve the operator, but over half involve people on the ground.