Accident Prevention Toolbox Talk
09 Jul 2020 - Flaaim
Whilst overall accident statistics indicate a general reduction, the construction industry remains the exception by showing an increase. It is essential that all personnel contribute in every way possible to reduce accident rates in construction.
- Equipment does not cause accidents — people do!
- Every accident is owned by someone somewhere!
- It’s too late to plan for safety after an accident has happened!
Points to remember
- Accidents are caused by
- People not thinking, not following instructions, or not putting their training into practice
- Unsafe manual handling, loading, stacking and storing of materials
- Overloading of platforms, scaffolds, hoists, plant etc
- Incorrect use and abuse of plant and equipment.
- Use of faulty equipment and “homemade’ repairs.
- Illegal adaptations and illegal removal of guards/barriers.
- Failure to use PPE and ignoring safety signs/warning devices
- The costs of accidents include pain, suffering, ongoing disability and potential fatalities. Can also result in loss of earnings, incapacity for the job, inability to support family etc
- Employers face financial and time costs in compensation, loss of working time, lost management time during investigations, possible fines etc.
- Help prevent accidents by:
- Not removing any guards/barriers
- Not handling hazardous substances without knowing the hazards.
- Not using plant and equipment unless suitably trained.
- Always complying with laid down procedures.
- Always wearing suitable PPE as applicable
- Not engaging in horseplay where it could result in hazards.
- Not misusing/abusing any equipment provided for safety.
- Not using any defective equipment/plant and not carrying out “homemade” repairs
- Employing good hygiene standards.
- Using the correct tools for the job.
- Obeying site safety rules and signs