Signs On A Construction Site: Why Do They Matter?

Signs on a construction site are often as ubiquitous as the iconic hardhat or Hi-Vis vest. But while many construction site operators undoubtedly appreciate that they have to invest in providing workers with good protective and visible clothing, some see reduced signage as a cost cutting measure. Yet the stats continue to demonstrate that the construction and civil engineering industries need to invest in good construction site signs to meet health and safety legislation. Beyond the law, there's also a moral obligation in ensuring that construction workers' safety is put first before there is any consideration of profits.

During the 2015/16 period, stats from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that 247 people lost their lives due to workplace incidents – and 45 (18%) of these deaths related to the construction industry. While there could be a perception that most of these deaths are due to self-employed construction workers taking risks, the reality is that most of the deaths were workers within construction companies. So signs that say, for example, 'hard hats worn at all times' and caution site entrance signs are clearly important to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries within the construction industry.

These signs have already played such an important in reducing the amount of deaths over the past three decades. Since the 1980s, annual fatality rates have fallen by 72%. This is undoubtedly due to an increased culture of health and safety in which safety signs play an important role. However, it isn't just workers who are at risk from poor health and safety practices, but the general public too. In 2015/2016, two of these 45 deaths in the construction industry were members of the public. So proper signage on a site – such as, for example, a construction site entrance sign – is important to ensure that members of the public do not accidentally wander into a hazardous situation.

It is clear that construction signs still matter and still save lives. Signs are the number one way to identify potential hazards to not just your workers, but also members of the public. For that reason, signs are a key investment in ensuring that your company is meeting health and safety standards. But you obviously want to ensure that you find affordable signs too. Thankfully, you needn't look far to find them. At Signmark, we are manufacturers and producers of high-quality construction and roadwork signs at good prices. We are also able to produce custom site signs for unique hazards or requirements. For more, please visit us at https://www.signmark.co.uk, call us at 01227 833979 or email sales@signmark.co.uk today.