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Avoid Falls, Trips and Slips On A Construction Site

As a building project develops and turns into a building or home the construction site itself obviously changes. With the development the risks and potential hazards change. Some of the more common problems are included below:

Uneven Surfaces

This is a popular one as a house or building starts to take shape and doors, windows and fittings are being built this will mean that the floors become uneven and this does need to be highlighted if nothing can be done in the short-term to prevent a door frame sticking up above brickwork.

Slippery Surfaces

This is also common as water is carried around a site, splashes can make surfaces slippery. Construction sites can also be muddy places as walkways can become slippy from a lot of people walking over the surface for prolonged periods. The weather conditions can change the condition of a site as well. Too much rain on exposed areas of clay and mud may also make the area slippery.

Cabling and Wiring

This is more common place for those working in the buildings. If you are working inside and using electrical equipment the electrical cables may become tangled as the worker starts moving around. This can cause someone to trip over the wiring, especially if this becomes hidden amongst building materials or dust created from drilling. This is why cordless drills are preferred if possible.


These can anything from waste that needs to be removed, to a delivery that has just arrived. Although the obstacles will be seen it can be tricky as workers will need to move around them and deviate from the path or walkway and this can lead to muddy paths. There should be designated delivery areas to avoid this problem and to keep delivery vehicles in one area, rather than all over the site.

Entrance to the Site

This is more for the general public where the construction site might be located. Often the entrance will need to be used by lots of workers, visitors and the general public will also be walking past the entrance. If you have boards or a step leading to the construction site, make sure this is clearly marked and visible so that people cannot trip over it. There may be the need to cone off an area to make sure that the general public do not trip over the boards.

The main conclusion here is to make sure that potential accidents are cleared up straight away or highlighted to fellow workers to prevent trips and slips.