The YDBC Guide to Health and Safety On Site

The YDBC Guide to Health and Safety On Site

One of the most important things to consider on a construction site is health and safety. As a building control inspector, it’s our job to ensure work is taking place in adherence to the building regulations, but we still like to see health and safety best practice taking place on site.

From huge commercial developments to small domestic extension projects, health and safety guidelines should always be observed by everyone who visits the site.

In today’s blog post we’ll be talking about the most common issues that you need to be aware of on a construction site and the solutions that can be implemented to minimise risks.

Some of the highest areas of risk on site include:

  • Machinery/Plant
  • Trenches/Holes
  • Scaffolding
  • Lifting/Overheard Working
  • Other Site Operatives
  • Traffic

Thankfully, there are now a variety of solutions to potential problems on construction sites. These include:


Appropriate training can increase awareness of potential risks and inform everyone on how to take steps to minimise them.


Wearing safety equipment such as hard hats and safety goggles in environments that require it can significantly reduce the risk of injury.


Keeping health and safety at the forefront of your mind whilst working on site means any potential incidents can be often be prevented before they occur and makes it more likely rules and guidelines will be followed.


Signage across site in areas where potential risks may occur and reminding workers to wear appropriate PPE is another way health and safety risks can be significantly reduced.

Reporting Systems & Accident Books

Unfortunately even with great preparation accidents and incidents do sometimes occur. When they do, proper reporting and recording of what is happened is essential.

For official guidance on and health and safety on construction sites, we recommend contacting the Health and Safety Executive.

If it’s building control advice you’re after, we’re ready and happy to help!

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