Construction site safety during holiday periods

Date published: 08 July 2021


HSENI would like to remind contractors to ensure that their sites are adequately secured during holiday periods.

Picture of secured construction site gates

Adequate precautions need to be taken to protect members of the public who are less likely to be aware of the dangers on construction sites than those working on site. Children are particularly vulnerable. Please ensure the following:

  • That there is an effective barrier around the site perimeter;
  • Access ladders have been removed from scaffolding;
  • Manholes have been covered over;
  • Excavations are fenced off or covered;
  • Plant and machinery is immobilised to prevent unauthorised use.

The effectiveness of arrangements should be reviewed regularly, particularly if there is evidence of children playing on or near the construction site. Further guidance can be found at the link below:

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