Accidents can be reduced by following a number of best practice health and safety measures as outlined by the HSE. These include:
Conducting regular onsite risk assessments
Holding regular safety briefings and meetings
Providing regular and ongoing training
Promoting awareness through effective communication
Utilising appropriate equipment for all activities
As an additional safety measure, Site Managers are increasingly utilising onsite CCTV systems traditionally used for security purposes to remotely improve health and safety and protect their workforce.
When deployed for security, CCTV provides several benefits such as cost-effectiveness when compared to guarding solutions, impact as a visual deterrent to trespassers and the quality and reliability that modern HD CCTV systems provide.
However, being able to remotely access live and recorded high definition footage also provides Site Managers with a unique vantage point of on-site activity, allowing them to identify potential hazards in real-time, review working practices, monitor site access and ensure all regulations are adhered to.
Below Wireless CCTV Ltd, the UK’s leading provider of managed site security services, outlines the benefits of using CCTV for health and safety applications.
Remotely monitoring high definition CCTV images allows Site Managers to quickly identify any problems in real-time and take immediate remedial action to reduce risk of harm.
As Site Managers will often have responsibility for two or more sites, being able to remotely review working practices and hazards significantly reduces the amount of physical site visits needed, saving time and money.
The below clip taken from a WCCTV HD Site Tower shows the level of detail and range of view that can be achieved using a high quality CCTV system.
A major project where WCCTV's Redeployable Dome Cameras and CCTV Towers were first deployed solely for worker safety was the Southern Shield Safety Group initiative, a collaborative forum between Network Rail and Osborne designed to get workers on rail construction projects 'Home Safe, Every Day'.
When asked about the decision to deploy CCTV for worker safety, a Project Manager from Osborne stated "The underlining driver behind the project is to ensure the safety of the workforce, WCCTV’s technology allows for live video feeds to be accessed from any location enhancing our existing safety practices. I’ve found the systems easy to deploy and use, and I’ve been very happy with the ongoing support I’ve received from WCCTV.”
CCTV cameras can gather valuable evidence that allows Site Managers to retrospectively assess and review any accidents or near-misses that occur on site and provide greater understanding of the root cause.
The footage gathered by a HD CCTV system can be used as a ‘lessons learned’ tool for future on-site training and briefing sessions to help minimise any future occurrences.
The impartial video evidence can be used to resolve dispute claims or provide evidence of regulation breaches, misconduct and vulnerabilities.
CCTV can also be deployed by Local Authorities responsible for ensuring third-party contractors are adhering to Construction Code of Practice regulations during regeneration projects. The London Borough of Croydon recently installed several redeployable CCTV cameras for temporary monitoring of site regulations.
The presence of onsite CCTV will help capture or prevent unauthorised access onto your construction sites - which has a beneficial impact on health and safety.
A WCCTV HD Site Tower provides a visual deterrent to would-be trespassers. Should an intrusion occur, the Tower's multiple motion detectors will alert our NSI Gold Accredited Monitoring station who will issue a remote audio challenge. If the audio challenge fails to deter the trespassers, guards or the police will be dispatched to protect your site.
Protectively securing your site with CCTV will prevent vandalism, damage to your electronic equipment and reduce the creation of onsite hazards by malicious intruders.
WCCTV has more security systems deployed across UK construction site than any other supplier, the video below shows why.