Although it may seem like a construction phase plan isn’t required, particularly for one-man bands, the documents ensure every possible risk has been thought about, and the steps to minimise them have been taken. Below, we’ve outlined why health and safety documents are important in construction:
Prevent Injury on Site
This might sound obvious, but some injuries can happen unexpectedly, especially if you haven’t had time to think about all of the possible risks on site. If one of your employees gets injured due to your lack of care, it is likely you’ll be liable. This will result in hefty fines and you will get into legal trouble for not following regulations.
Laws & Regulations
As mentioned above, ensuring you meet compliance and legislation requirements is vital for ensuring the safety of your staff. Not only that, but if you are found to not be following regulations properly your business reputation may suffer, impeding on the contracts you’ll get in future.
Protecting the Public
Construction isn’t just hazardous on site, but there could be a danger to the wider public too. This could come from nearby pedestrian footpaths, pollution of local rivers, or producing excessive noise. Following correct health and safety procedures will ensure that you prevent injury or illnesses, whether that be directly or indirectly.