The Lagos State Government, through the Safety Commission, has again reiterated its commitment to ensuring the overall safety of Lagosians by putting all machinery in place to ensure strict compliance to safety rules and guidelines especially in the light of recent building collapse in the State.
Speaking at flag off of a two-day safety training for stakeholders on “Work Height and Application of First Aid in the Construction Industry”, the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr..Hakeem Dickson, said the Commission organized the training in order to ensure that stakeholders in that sector are trained on best practices to reduce and remove the incidence of fall from heights while working on site.
The Director-General said construction sites are one of the most hazardous places because a great number of accidents that occur are usually due to lack of proper safety measures and lack of basic training on safety.
Mr. Dickson said the State government has zero tolerance for use of substandard materials for buildings and added that it is the responsibility of all to report such cases to the Commission for appropriate action.
He maintained that it is the duty of Construction companies to train Health, Safety and Environmental Officers and other construction workers on safety and equip them, saying that they have the right to demand for the safety policy of the company and ascertain their safety compliance.
The Director-General informed that it is compulsory for construction companies to be registered with the Safety Commission to ensure that they have all the requisite safety plans in place, before moving to site in order to safeguard against incidents such as fall from heights.
He therefor advised the participants to pay adequate attention and apply what they have learnt at the training by putting it to good practice while making the observance of basic safety a culture.
The Director, Safety Training and Education, Mr. Adeyinka Adebiyi said part of the training includes the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipments (PPE), Conduction of Risk Assessment and proper inspection and erection of ladders and scaffold, Application of First Aid before the arrival of medical experts to a construction site as well as how to conduct Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
According to Mr. Adebiyi, the target audience for the training includes Health, Safety and Environmental(HSE) Officers of Construction companies, Project Managers, Site Engineers, Artisans and other stakeholders in the construction Industry.