Whilst the use of mobile phones as a way for employees to communicate and access digital information is essential in the business environment, the increased use of mobile devices has become a major safety issue on construction sites. Studies on accidents and near misses reveal that use of mobile phones and personal equipment on construction sites or whilst driving has significantly contributed to ever increasing number of the cases, with main reason being- distraction from safety practices.
Mobile phones not only distract the person using it but also other employees. Employees working with machinery or other heavy equipment risk of seriously injuring themselves when their focus is on something else. Research shows that many people believe to be good at multitasking, we are not actually able to focus on multiple things at the same time, especially when piece of equipment requires fine-tuning or focus on calculations. Looking away from the task, even for a second, could be disastrous. Eliminate the problem before it happens.
Since the mobile phone is always on, people can’t help but constantly check their phones for new messages, replies, social media updates or expected call, which interrupts workflow and makes it hard to concentrate on task in hand.
Texting and walking is a lot harder than it may sound. When a person’s eyes are stuck to a screen, it makes it difficult to spot the obstacles in the way that can result in trips and falls, or even lead to more serious injuries. That text can wait; always remember to put safety first.
You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted and you can be prosecuted. It’s illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving. You must have hands-free access.
• You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years.
• You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.
• If your case goes to court, you may face disqualification on top of a maximum fine of £1,000.
Faradays Driving and Use of Phones Policy-
Faradays Electrical Contractors personnel are not to use a mobile phone or similar device for texting, internet access, video conversations / phone calls and other such activities whilst driving.
This prohibition includes the use of mobile phones or similar devices when stopped at traffic lights or during other hold-ups that may occur during a typical journey when a vehicle can be expected to move off after a short while.
The governing factor is that drivers of company vehicles MUST NOT hold mobile phones or similar devices at any time whilst the vehicle is in motion or when the engine is running.
Prevents separation between work and home-
It is important to sustain a balance between work and home. Constant connection to a phone can lead to employee bringing work problems home and home problems to work. Not having a downtime between the two can lead to burnout.
It is important to remember-
• Only those individuals authorised by Project Management are permitted to use mobile devices on worksites. The use of mobile devices on site is prohibited unless expressed consent is granted by Project Management. This includes talking, texting, emailing, playing games, etc.
• The use of mobile devices is not permitted while attending safety meetings or while receiving safety-related information such as a safety talk.
• Supervisors should make every reasonable effort to avoid using their mobile device or making calls while directing activities on the worksite.
• The use of mobile devices is not permitted around explosive or flammable atmospheres or while decanting or working with flammable or combustible material.
• In areas where the employer mandates that mobile devices are not permitted on site, the employer may provide secure storage for mobile devices to prevent theft (e.g., a lockbox).