Site Manager Safety Responsibilities
21 September 2018
Britain's construction industry is one of the biggest workplace killers. It’s worth remembering the reason behind the SMSTS and SSSTS qualifications is to prevent accidents and reduce risk on a construction site.
Site management is a vital role in the construction industry
Safety on site is a key issue, because if you work in construction you are four times more likely to die (on average) than in any other industry. The client and the Site Manager share responsibility for safety within the working place.
You can only work as a site manager if you are SMSTS certificated
The objective of the CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme is to inform managers and supervisors of their responsibility and accountability for health and safety, their legal duties towards those either directly or indirectly under their charge, and towards those who may be affected by their acts or omissions. It also sets out the good principles of relevant legislation, and provides information on where more specific guidance can be found.
What sort of health & safety duties will the Site Manager be involved in?
The Site Manager needs to work hand-in-hand with the client, the architect, the main contractor and any sub-contractors to ensure that communication on health and safety issues is maintained at all times. Being suitably trained and qualified, they have to ensure that he/she is totally up-to-date with all health and safety practices. The site manager's main role is to ensure a safe, secure and clean environment whilst ensuring that the project is delivered within the contractual obligations.
The major responsibilities of the role are to:
- Advise and assist in overall planning.
- Plan and coordinate resources.
- Monitor and control progress and quality.
- Communicate with the consultant team.
- Provide feedback and reports to the client.
- Ensure that all aspects of the project are carried out in accordance with statutory requirements.
- Ensure that all aspects of the project are carried out in accordance with company policy.
- Make safety inspections and ensure construction and site safety.
- Assess and minimise risks.
- Help negotiate contracts and secure permits and licences.
The consequences can be more life changing if you get your safety responsibilities wrong
The enforcing authority (Health and Safety Executive) can and do prosecute individuals in certain circumstances; Demonstrating 'Due Diligence' is an important responsibility of management; Training and development to ensure health and safety knowledge is maintained at an appropriate level is critical.
To get the best training with free ongoing support ‘on tap’ from the highly experienced RISK team, take your SMSTS training courses with one of the UK’s best providers.
However, ask yourself this question – How would I feel if someone experienced life changing injuries or died as a result of my failure to enforce good health and safety practices on my site?