How to prevent accidents on a construction site in Africa

13 October 2015

Strategies to prevent accidents on a construction site in Africa should be in every contractors mind. Construction sites or building sites can be very dangerous places with hazards from falling material and electrical faults as well as the dangers from power tools. In Africa, reports of accidents in a construction site has led to deaths and serious injuries.

Trips and fall

This occurs because in most construction site uneven terrain, tripping hazards, and conditions that require work on ladders, scaffolding, and roofs are regular therefore increasing the chances of falls.

Machinery/Vehicle Accidents

There are a lot of moving parts to a construction site, including machinery, vehicles, and large trucks on and around the job-site.

Falling Objects

Workers up high don’t always pay attention to what’s going on down below. This could result in injuries and fatalities due to falling objects and debris.


Construction work usually requires hours of manual labor in the outdoors. This can quickly cause exhaustion and when workers are tired, it can lead to mistakes and an increase in  construction site injuries. After getting to understand the subjects that lead to construction accidents there is need to take every precaution that is needed to ensure that don’t occur on your construction site.

Here are just a few ways to avoid accidents at your construction site:

Mandatory Safety Meetings

Holding a safety meeting at the start of each day will ensure all workers are on the same page. In the safety meeting, you can mention changes to the construction site as well as what machinery will be used in different areas of the site throughout the day.

Safety Gear 

You should require everyone on the job site to wear the proper safety gear including hard hats and eye protection. Likewise, harnesses should be used for all workers working on rooftops and scaffolding.

Reflective Clothing

You should provide all workers with high-visibility apparel including reflective vests. This will reduce the chances of workers getting hit by vehicles and other machinery.

Regular Breaks

Make sure all workers take regular breaks to reduce the chances of accidents due to exhaustion.

If you don’t want your construction site to be an accident waiting to happen, then put the safety pointers above to good use.

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