Telecoms Supervisor: 5 Key Actions to Maintain Highway Working Health and Safety Standards
As a telecoms engineer in the UK, it is important to maintain focus and attention when entering or exiting highway barriers to ensure your safety and the safety of others around you.
However, it’s not just the individual engineer who has a responsibility for safety – the role of the site supervisor is also key in maintaining health and safety standards.
The site supervisor plays an important role in coaching workers and leading by example. Here are some ways that telecom site supervisors can help maintain health and safety standards on site:
Setting Clear Expectations
Site supervisors should set clear expectations for workers in terms of health and safety standards. The easist way to do this is to add these standards to the site’s Construction Phase Plan or within the site specific Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS).
The supervisor can then use these documents to verbally explain the importance of maintaining focus and attention when entering or exiting highway barriers, as well as outlining the consequences of not adhering to safety protocols.
Providing Training and Coaching
Telecoms Site supervisors should ensure that workers receive appropriate training on health and safety procedures, including those related to entering or exiting highway barriers. As a minimum supervisors and operatives should attend relevant courses to comply with The New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA).
The CITB Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course is also a good course as it provides supervisors with an understanding of their supervisory responsibilities in controlling site safely.
Supervisor training from the UK mobile operators also includes expectations on suppliers to delivery Person In Charge of the Works (PICW) training which covers role and responsibilities. Contact your operator for more details.
Supervisors should also receive coaching skills training so they can effectively coach workers to improve their performance and adhere to safety protocols.
Site supervisors should regularly monitor workers to ensure that they are following safety protocols and maintaining focus and attention. This includes conducting regular site inspections and providing feedback to workers on their performance.
Leading By Example
Site supervisors should lead by example and demonstrate a commitment to health and safety on site. This includes wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, following safety protocols, and addressing any safety concerns that arise.
Addressing Safety Concerns
Site supervisors should address any safety concerns that arise on site immediately. This includes stopping work if necessary to address a safety issue and reporting incidents or near misses to the appropriate authorities.
By taking these steps, site supervisors can help maintain health and safety standards on site, and ensure that workers maintain focus and attention when entering or exiting highway barriers. This not only helps prevent accidents and injuries but also helps create a culture of safety on site.
In addition to the role of the site supervisor, it is also important for companies to consider participating in the Highways Passport Scheme, a national training and accreditation scheme for individuals who work on or near highways, including telecoms engineers. By completing the scheme and obtaining a passport, individuals can demonstrate their competence and commitment to safety, which can help them advance their careers and secure work in this field.
In summary, maintaining focus and attention when entering or exiting highway barriers is essential for the safety of telecoms engineers and others working on or near highways in the UK. Site supervisors play an important role in maintaining health and safety standards on site.
By working together, we can help create a culture of safety on site and prevent accidents and injuries.
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