Safety is a vital aspect of any construction work. Contractors that fail to observe safety at their sites risk higher insurance premiums, legal and financial liabilities. Below is a guide on the various safety equipment that contractors should have at their site. 


The primary purpose of a barricade is to prevent unauthorised personnel from accessing the construction site. Intruders could get hurt since they do not know the risks at the construction site. For example, they could trip over sharp objects or slippery surfaces. Besides, the barricade will protect site equipment from thieves.

Personal Protective Clothing

The site conditions will determine the type of protective clothing that your employees should have. Typically, boots, gloves, and helmets are standard protective gear at any construction site. However, employees could need more protective gear when working in risky conditions. High-quality overalls, masks and goggles will protect workers from toxic fumes and materials such as asbestos. Earmuffs will cover their ears when conducting house demolitions. On the other hand, face shields will protect the face from sparks when welding.

Working At Heights

Ladders and scaffolds will help employees access elevated areas. When working several feet above the ground, the equipment should have guard rails to protect the workers from falls. As the height increases, the workers should have fall protection systems. Temporary anchor points can be used when working on roofs. When building high rise buildings, fix debris netting or building covers to prevent construction waste from injuring people at the base of the building. 

Fire Protection

The construction site should have adequate fire protection equipment. It is especially so if you will conduct welding works or deal with electrical appliances. Install an appropriate fire extinguisher at the site. For example, a class A extinguisher contains pressurised water and can be used to put out solid combustibles such as wood and paper. A type ABC extinguisher contains dry chemicals and can extinguish all kinds of fires. 

Safety equipment is highly ineffective if your employees do not observe safety at the site. You should brief them on the recommended safety standards when working at the site.  For instance, they should not attempt to operate site equipment or earth-movers if they are not trained to conduct such works. Electric appliances must be disconnected when not in use. Besides, employees should not move mobile platforms with someone on board. 

Top construction safety equipment include barricades, personal protective clothing, height safety equipment and fire protection devices. Remember to conduct regular inspection to ensure employees observe the safety standards.