No one wants anyone on site to be hurt, the Health and Safety Executive promotes a mindset of everyone going home at the end of the day, safely. So why is site safety sometimes in question?
As manufacturers of precast concrete drainage products, that include pipes, tank systems and box culverts, we occasionally see somethings that are questionable, thankfully its reduced considerably in the last 10 years, but we still see a ladder that isn’t secure or a trench where we can’t see the true depth because of rainfall.
When questioned about these, we usually receive the same set of answers, “its someone else’s job”, “we don’t have the time” or “it costs too much”.
So let’s start with “its someone else’s job” – site safety is everyone’s job, how would you feel if something happened and you could have done something about it? Even if it was just telling the site safety officer a ladder haven’t been secured correctly.
“We don’t have the time” How long does it really take to put the end rails on a scaffold? To secure a set of ladders? To establish the depth of a trench? And finally “it costs too much” What is the cost of an extra ladder, trench box etc compared to the cost of an accident, injury or even fatality?
If you have a safe site, you are more likely to have a more productive one, one with clean work areas, proper access and equipment.