Creating a safe on-site working environment
requires much planning, preparation and training.
With heavy machinery, large structures and powerful
vehicles freely moving about, it’s no surprise that
construction sites are some of the most dangerous
and demanding working environments around.
On-site work doesn’t specifically mean one industry
in particular. Safety is often one of the top priorities
for management and personnel, whether they work in
construction and maintenance or events and projects
developments. The last thing you want is a hazardous
and dangerous site. This will not only put the health
and safety of employees and contractors at risk, but
also effects quality, efficiency and productivity.
There are a number of things that can trigger
fire when working on-site. With wiring, electrics,
generators and machinery utilised across a range of specialist
areas, it’s important that you have handling, prevention
and evacuation procedures in place.
Utilising fire safety products across your site will
ensure that you have every base covered. Recruiting
the services of a reputable and specialist fire safety
supplier will present you with a range of general and
specialist fire safety equipment. What’s more, they
will be able to offer expert advice, guidance and assistance
when it comes to creating a productive, safe and
risk-free on-site environment.
- Power & Electricity
When working on-site, there are a number of elements
that can combine to start a fire. Generators and power
sources are often used to power machinery and equipment
to aid productivity. The ignition of a fire can occur
in a matter of seconds so protective and preventative
equipment, such as plant nappy’s, spill kits, drip
trays and protective cable fastenings, will help combat
- Prevention & Visibility
Visibility and understanding is a key element that
must be drummed into on-site contractors and employees.
Protective clothing and safety vests will ensure that
those working on-site are not at risk and regular
drills and training should be carried out. This includes
equipment handling, safety drills and evacuation strategies.
Fire detection alarms and systems should be fitted
throughout your workplace – especially if you are
working on a large scale project. Regularly check fire
alarms and be sure to see what products are suitable
for your site. Wireless and radio link alarms offer
innovative and responsive detection.
Time is everything in the event of a fire, making
the location of fire extinguishers, blankets and escape
equipment essential to provide a quick and effective
response – whether that be competitive or evacuative.
Fire points should be situated on-site and readily
available and fully-stocked with the appropriate equipment.
Evacuation should be your first thought in the event
of a fire. Never put your life or the lives of others
at risk by trying to be the hero. Regularly practised fire
drills should always be rehearsed to ensure that everyone
knows how to evacuate an area safely, how to act in the event
of a fire and where they can find a safe designated fire
point location. These strategies could save lives.
Although these tips can be implemented across a number of industries
and commercial properties, you should always recruit the expertise
of fire safety and fire protection specialists.