chapter  Chapter 9
24 Pages

Safety at work

WithMalcolm Copson, Peter Kendrick, Steve Beresford

As safety can only be achieved by co-operation between management and all individuals on site, it follows that the site supervisor will be the key person to ensure the initial provision of a safe site and then its maintenance as a safe place of work. Electricity is always a potential hazard on site and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 are intended to ensure that almost all workplaces are subject to the same legal requirements relating to electrical safety. Many dangers arise from excavation work and there are numerous regulations in existence designed to prevent workers from working in a hazardous situation. An excavation should be properly supported or the sides should be sloped back to a safe angle as soon as the excavation reaches a depth where workers could be buried or trapped should a collapse take place.