On-site surveyors are at risk of injuries usually as a direct result of the negligence of another person, i.e. the site manager. Their work covers a wide scope within construction and their job is very hands-on but it is for the site manager to have completed a full risk assessment before they arrive.
In the same way as other employees, if surveyors are not prepped on the hazards around them, there is a greater risk of accidents occurring.
It is for employers to ensure that they are familiar with any legislation that relates to their particular industry. Where there has been a breach of any legal guidelines, it is likely to be deemed as negligence and result in damages being awarded to the surveyor.
– The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 covers all health and safety aspects for everyone involved in construction. There are particular guidelines relating to surveyors, which involve their competence being assessed before being allowed to carry out on-site tasks. Site managers should also be mindful that surveyors are accompanied while they carry out these tasks.
– The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 says that employers are responsible for carrying out a risk assessment to reduce the risk of harm.
– The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 says that equipment should be assessed before use; stored and handled correctly to make sure it is safe. PPE is a last resort and should only be used once other control measures have been implemented. Nonetheless, even a short job requires protection and should be offered to a surveyor.