Handy Safety Tips for Builders


Working within the building sector can introduce serious dangers. Here are a few hints to help handle those dangers to preserve your staff and other contractors working onsite.


  • Ensure work method statements prepare, sign off and accessible
  • Exhibit proper site signage
  • Use proper safety equipment
  • Work at heights
  • Keep controls in place if danger of fall = 2 m for advertisement and 3 m for national e.g. border protection, catch platform
  • Supply and use acceptable work platforms e.g. 5 boards


  • equipment maintenance and Ensure tools are in great condition

Falling objects

  • Do not throw materials and tools down from heights
  • Make sure brick guards/net are in place in scaffold


  • Keep electrical equipment from water
  • Make sure ground leakage switch installed on mains supply


  • Manage trip risks e.g. substance neatly piled
  • Dispose surplus mortar suitably e.g. designated areas

Manual tasks

  • Use mechanical equipment (e.g. forklifts, trolleys, cranes) to decrease the force needed to lift, carry, go, hold or restrain stuff and tools.
  • Adjust equipment to minimise bending, twisting and overreaching (e.g. adjust height of work platforms to prevent overreaching).
  • Shift work practices or gear to prevent repetitive actions or prolonged jobs (e.g. use a crane or elevator to lift bricks to work level to prevent throwing bricks).


  • when cutting lumber and metal Wear Hearing protection

Hazardous materials

  • securely when not in use and Keep hazardous materials safely
  • Train workers in safe handling of dangerous materials (e.g. wear gloves when handling hydrochloric acid)
  • Label hazardous materials (includes risk and security phrases)

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Ensure workers wearing steel capped boots, hard hat with protection brim, high vis tops and sunglasses if needed


  • Provide sheltered meal place
  • Supply hand and face washing facilities (independent from toilets)
  • Ensure workers have access to clean, potable and cool drinking water
  • Make sure first aid gear supplied is hygienic and proper for the size and sophistication of the job
  • Keep fire extinguishers accessible and examining current

Make certain you have first aid facilities accessible

  • Sun protection
  • Ensure protection by using sunscreen, wearing sun protection clothes, wide brim hat, shades and seeking shade
  • Wear clothes with a 30 ultraviolet protection factor
  • Wear safety helmets additional brims and neck covers fitted
  • 30 sun protection and Wear sun glasses

Occupational stress

  • control over work and Track work demands
  • Provide support systems for talking about situations at work
  • Provide clear work structures, especially through times of change

Occupational violence

  • Use layout or engineering measures to alter the physical features of the workplace, where potential, to lessen the danger.
  • Alter the systems of work or work practices to lessen hazards. For example, train workers in competitive behaviour management, for example, diffusion and acknowledgement of potentially explosive situations; ensure adequate amount of suitably trained staff, where possible; supply for crisis communication; execute a system of communication and support for home visits.

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