3.2 Safety

Why should I be safe on a site?

“As a Site manager, I manage the health and safety of everyone on site. The Wates Group follows the law on safety. And so must you:

All those who work in the construction industry have their part to play looking after their own health and safety and in improving the industry’s health and safety record.

You can do this by:

  • ensuring you only carry out construction work you are competent to do
  • reporting obvious risks
  • co-operating with others and co-ordinating work so as to ensure your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by the work
  • following site health and safety rules and procedures

(Source: www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/workers.htm)

The most important skills for my job are communication and listening. I need to communicate clearly what needs to be done to all the trades that are on site. There’s a lot that I can learn from them as well. We’ll be on site for 18 months, and no two days are ever the same."

Rob Wood, Site Manager

You are on a training session about site safety. You are exploring the principles that can help you to be safe on site.

The CDM 2007 legislation talks about:

  • competence
  • co-operation
  • co-ordination
  • prevention

In groups, think about what these four things mean to you and to your employer. Use the quote from CDM 2007 to help you.

Make a list of some ways in which an employer and their workforce can co-operate on safety.




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