Construction sites are dangerous places at the best of times but when the artificial lighting systems are insufficient for the environment they can become potentially lethal. Surprisingly though neither the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) nor the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations list any specific construction site lighting regulations. The closest they get is a regulation that states workplace lighting should be ‘suitable and sufficient’ for the working environment and the tasks being performed, but beyond this it is up to the construction site owners to assess the lighting they provide.
So what requirements are necessary to ensure the lighting in and around construction sites is in fact adequate and safe? Continue reading