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Running a small construction site? What you need to know as a busy builder

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Want to run a successful construction site?

These are the essential health and safety top tips you should follow if you run a construction site, even if you don’t directly employ the people working there.

  • Keep your site clean and tidy, with clear space for people to work in.
  • Keep people, including the public, away from danger – fence the site off and use signs to warn people.
  • Make sure structures, such as walls, are kept safe, and demolition work is properly planned and workers know what to do.
  • Use only 110 volt or battery-operated portable tools and safe electrical supplies.
  • Make sure trenches and excavations don’t collapse and ensure people cannot fall into them.
  • Make sure workers cannot fall from height – working from ladders is allowed only as a last resort.
  • Provide welfare facilities on site or close by – see the ‘Welfare facilities’ information sheet.
  • Make sure the people on your site are trained to do the work safely.






This is just a summary – you can find out what else you need to know about health and safety by visiting www.hse.gov.uk/construction/index.htm
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What can happen if health and safety is ignored?
A young worker with no training or instruction was left unsupervised to demolish a high wall known to be unsafe. The young worker was killed when the wall collapsed on him. The builder was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison for three years.





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