CIF Safety Month

GMC Utilities is thrilled to be a part of this year's Construction Safety Month!

Safety is at the heart of everything we do, and this year's theme, "Focus on Critical Risks," perfectly aligns with our commitment to creating a safe and secure work environment for our team and partners.

We believe that by focusing on critical risks, we can ensure that every construction site is a safer place to work, reducing accidents and injuries.

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Excavation is an activity that we carry out daily in the utilities business, so we classify this as one of our critical risks. The crew pictured below were briefed on the critical risks associated with excavations and the relevant control measures were communicated to increase awareness.

Join us in this important journey towards a safer construction industry. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that everyone returns home safely at the end of the day.

The crews were briefed on how to safely lift, load and unload, the critical risks associated with the use of Plant and Equipment and the relevant control measures were communicated to increase awareness of these risks.

Mental health is something that potentially can affect everyone, so this is why we classify this as one of our critical risks. The crew pictured below received a talk on site on mental health and the relevant support measures were communicated to increase awareness.

Ensuring Safety in Temporary Construction Works: Mitigating Risks!
Construction projects, big or small, often involve various temporary works that demand our unwavering attention to safety. By understanding these risks and implementing effective mitigation strategies, we can ensure the well-being of everyone involved.

Here are some key focus areas:

Focus of Risks
Fall Hazards: Working at heights poses significant risks. Falls from scaffolding, ladders, or elevated platforms are a top concern.
Trenching and Excavation: The risk of cave-ins, collapse, and confined space hazards in excavations.
Heavy Machinery: Operating and working around heavy machinery, like cranes and bulldozers.
Electrical Safety: Temporary electrical installations can lead to electrical shocks and fires.
Material Handling: Transporting and storing construction materials can result in accidents and injuries.

picture of GMC staff participating in CIF Safety Week
picture of GMC staff participating in CIF Safety Week

Ways to Mitigate These Risks;

Comprehensive Training: Ensure all workers are trained in safe work practices and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Fall Protection: Implement fall protection systems like guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems for workers at heights.
Trench Safety: Regular inspections, shoring, and sloping of trenches, and proper trench rescue plans.
Machine Safety: Strict protocols for machine operation, safety zones, and regular maintenance checks.
Electrical Precautions: Regular electrical inspections, lockout/tagout procedures, and worker education on electrical hazards.
Material Handling: Proper storage, secure loads, and lifting aids like cranes and hoists.

The safety of our construction teams and the success of our projects go hand in hand. Prioritizing safety not only protects lives but also minimises project delays and associated costs. Let's work together to build a safer and more secure construction environment.

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