To think about during construction work
Check equipment and installations
Fire appliances, alarm systems, electrical wiring, junction circuits, traffic devices, safety nets and warning lights, among other things, should be regularly checked and maintained. If a shortcoming that could entail serious danger for safety and health is discovered during the checks, work should immediately be stopped.
Storage and arrangement of material
Serious accidents can occur if stored or stacked building material starts to move. If there are such risks, the building products should be stabilised. Measures can also be necessary during work with building products or equipment that contains stored energy. This can, for example, apply to reinforced concrete and spring-loaded doors. Consider that anchoring of building material etcetera must be able to cope with high winds.
Protection against weather and wind
During outdoor work, the employees should be protected against weather and wind etcetera, which can have a negative impact on their health and safety. This can mean hard gusts of wind, extreme heat or cold, heavy or cold rain, or heavy snowfall. A good protection measure is sheeting of the workplace with climate protection. It is important that this protection is satisfactorily dimensioned and anchored against the snow and wind loads to which it can be subjected. Climate protection is often placed over a facade scaffold, and must thus be dimensioned with respect to the extra loads that the weather protection transfers to the scaffold.
Long term or intensive exposure to sunlight can also be dangerous. Think also about the risk of lightning.
In a special section of the provisions about building and civil engineering work (AFS 1999:3Eng), risks from ’external’ vehicular traffic (cars, trains and so on) are dealt with. This applies to traffic that, without having any connection with the building and civil engineering work, passes by or through the place or area where the work is being carried out. Such risks can exist with roadwork or the building of tracks, but also, for example, during the construction of buildings near a street. In the provision, a number of measures is stated, and these should be considered or taken in order to prevent risks. A number of them should be considered in a certain order. As a primary option, the traffic should be rerouted so that work is not affected.
High visibility clothing with reflection should be worn, among other things, by those who direct traffic, and by those who work in places that are not separate from traffic.
Last updated 2020-02-25