Poor storage and housekeeping on-site can lead to lacerations, puncture wounds and other injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.

If materials are incorrectly stored on the ground or outside they can get damaged by water ingress or workers stand on the materials and break them.

All of these things are usually a result of poor planning, poor consultation and poor supervision.

Planning and risk assessment

It’s important to uphold high standards when it comes to site cleanliness and material storage. Setting an expected standard is the key to ensuring your site starts clean and remains clean for the duration of the project.

Plan the vacant space on the site before commencement to allow for safe access and egress, waste areas and material storage.

Ensure that everyone on-site:

  • Keeps the worksite clean and free of debris
  • Uses designated rubbish areas
  • Appropriately stores and protects materials.

Control measures

Good storage and housekeeping practices

  • Add clauses to trade contracts stating that each subcontractor is responsible for maintaining a clean site during and after completion of work, and that penalties may apply for non-compliance
  • Include housekeeping responsibilities in the standard site rules and inform all workers about them
  • Insist on designated delivery and storage areas, delineated walkways and site access (if practical), and weatherproof waste collection areas such as skip bins or meshed cages
  • Supervise and monitor sites to ensure poor housekeeping doesn’t become a problem and get out of control.

Preparing your worksite for storms and unattendance

Summer in Queensland is traditionally storm and cyclone season, so it’s important to prepare your worksite by taking precautions that avoid the risk of injury and damage. However, we suggest using these measures year round as adverse weather events can happen any time.

  • Remove any loose material and rubbish
  • Perform a site clean-up and empty rubbish skips
  • Ensure the scaffold contractor secures and braces any on-site scaffolding. After the storm, have them inspect the scaffolding to confirm whether it’s safe to use
  • Securely fix down roofing materials, such as fascia, gutters and flashings, and lash them down if they’re not installed
  • Brace or core-fill block masonry walls
  • Add bracing to framed walls
  • Delay material deliveries until after storms have passed
  • Put site drainage in place to legal points of discharge to avoid flooding
  • Close all windows and doors to prevent any internal damage.

Return to the worksite when it’s safe to do so and assess or repair any damage.

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