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Top tips for preventing trips and falls

Every year the construction industry loses more time to relatively minor slips, trips and falls than to any other cause. The causes are varied but often come down to poor housekeeping on site, a problem common to all sites whether large or small.

These top tips should help identify some of the more common risk factors and how to avoid them:

Avoid trailing cables and keep them raised off the floor

Avoid trailing cables and keep them raised off the floor

Ensure you have plenty of bins and skips around the site
Make sure bins and skips are regularly emptied

Ensure you have plenty of bins and skips around the site

Make sure walkways and stairs are well lit

Make sure walkways and stairs are well lit

Identify emergency routes and make sure these are kept completely clear

Identify emergency routes and make sure these are kept completely clear

Ensure temporary platforms are erected on a firm and
level surface

Make sure individuals tidy up after themselves so the next contractor starts with a clear working area

If you designate a pedestrian route make sure it is a proper path with a firm level surface of finely crushed hard-core

If you designate a pedestrian route make sure it is a proper path with a firm level surface of finely crushed hard-core

Where possible get your final road and pavements in first to avoid working in the mud

Where possible get your final road and pavements in first to avoid working in the mud

Ensure all work areas have proper access without having to clamber over or through obstacles

Ensure all work areas have proper access without having to clamber over or through obstacles

Make sure you have enough on site storage so
that material doesn't have to be stored in the plot

Make sure you have enough on site storage

Avoid lapping boards on scaffolds

Avoid lapping boards on scaffolds

Cut the tops of standards level with the working
platform or make sure they are at least waist high

Cut the tops of standards level with the working<br> platform or make sure they are at least waist high

Use proper steel road plates where paths and
roads cross open excavations

Use proper steel road plates where paths and roads cross open excavations

Make sure access routes to scaffolds are clear of obstruction

Make sure access routes to scaffolds are clear of obstruction

Clear snow and ice from walkways and scaffolds
before allowing access

All photos taken by NHBC health and safety team during site inspections

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