Source : Nuclear Regulatory Commission
New workers can present a hazard on construction sites if they are not properly trained and supervised accordingly. New workers can cause harm to themselves and other workers if they are not supervised when given dangerous tasks. Before awarding tasks to new workers, determine whether they have the skill and knowledge to perform the task. Have they been trained sufficiently to carry out the task?
Other than new workers, visitors also require supervision on site. Visitors to the site may not be aware of the hazards that are present on the site and so may place themselves in harm’s way if they are not supervised. They should be separated from hazards as much as possible.
Site supervision means the general direction, coordination and oversight of the on-site work processes and this responsibility cannot be taken lightly. The contractor needs to ensure that everyone on site is protected from the hazards and those workers who require supervision, are being supervised.
A number of incidents have occurred on Australian sites where apprentice workers were given tasks that they were not sufficiently trained or experienced to perform which resulted in disaster. Workers that are undergoing training should not be left unattended, especially when undertaking something as dangerous as construction work.