What is Construction Risk Assessment?
Construction Risk Assessment is a report explaining any health and safety risks that the building project could cause. Before the report is written, an assessment of the site must be performed to find all the risks, whether they are small or large.
HOW DO YOU WRITE A CONSTRUCTION RISK ASSESSMENT?
The report should include how the workers, helping to build, may be at risk, and how the future users of the building may be at risk. It should also include measures that have been put in place to control the risks. As well as this, a fire risk assessment must be completed to control the risk of fire hazards.
Each risk in the risk assessment report must include the following:
- Identifying the hazards that may cause injury or harm
- Think about who may be harmed by the hazard
- The level of harm the risk could cause
- What you have put in place to reduce the risk
Why is Construction Risk Assessment Important?
Risk Assessments are a legal requirement for construction projects to ensure the safety of the workers, users, and the public. The reasons for risk assessments are to make the workers and future users aware of the risks and to prevent injury or harm.
If an injury is caused to someone, whether it's a worker, a building user, or a member of the public, and the risk wasn't mentioned in the risk assessment, and no control measures are included, then there is a possibility you may face legal action. Furthermore, a new risk assessment would have to be created.
WHAT IS A SITE RISK ASSESSMENT?
Site risk assessments are made specifically for the site that the building and construction work is taking place on. This includes exact measurements, conditions and the hazards associated with that site only.
This is different from a regular risk assessment, as it is site-specific. However, you can change regular risk assessments to be site-specific, but you must take all factors into account and ensure it meets the criteria.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS IN A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT?
There are many health and safety hazards and fire risks for employees involved in construction work, which is why it is essential for a construction company to carry out the appropriate risk assessments that are required.
The risks for construction projects can be avoided if the risk assessment form is completed correctly, and the project management is successful. This means a full inspection of the site and all the equipment before and after use.
Here are a few of the common risks when carrying out construction work:
- Unexpected weather conditions (including natural disasters)
- Damage to equipment or tools (without the knowledge of the employee or the project manager)
- Conditions of the building site itself
- Heavy machinery
- Heights (ladders and boom lifts)
- Fire risk (machinery or equipment overheating)
- Employees not wearing the appropriate PPE
How can we help?
At Trimble Architects, based in Twickenham in south-west London, each construction risk assessment we carry out includes a full examination of each process of the project to assess the severity and the consequences the risks could cause.
We offer a professional range of services to ensure our client's projects achieve the best outcome. Our company is a RIBA member (Royal Institute of British Architects), and we work extremely hard to meet all our clients' requirements, and take the stress away from their projects. This is why we offer a full project management service, to we can handle your projects for you efficiently and professionally.
We understand how stressful these processes are, which is why we have years of experience in the industry, so we can help our clients and give them an architectural perspective.
We offer this service separately, or as a whole in our project management service. This service includes handling planning permission, creating schedules to ensure the productivity of the project, party wall agreements and much more.
Here at Trimble Architects, based in Twickenham, London, we work hard to ensure all risk assessments are completed accurately and correctly, as we put the health and safety first of our employees and customers first.
If you need our help or advice, please contact us today on 02085389303 or by sending an email through our contact form. We will use our expert knowledge to help you and give you peace of mind to complete your project.
You can get in touch via email or phone call, and a member of our friendly and helpful team will be more than happy to answer your questions and queries or advise you on a particular service.
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