Health & Safety

Joinery and Carpentry Health and Safety

Health and Safety for carpenters and joiners


The following method statement has been developed to provide a safe system of work and must be adhered to at all times, any significant deviation from this system must first be authorised by your Site Manager with approval of an Oliver Wild Ltd Manager.

Please read the entire sheet before beginning, if you have any questions please contact your Site Manager.

The main hazards to your health & Safety;

• Injury falling from step ladders
• Fire
• Falling from height
• Injury from incorrect Manual handling
• Injury to members of the public and tenants during operations.
• Injury from Power tool hazards (110V and battery powered equipment)
• Injury from harmful building materials
• Exposure to inclement weather

Preventative Measures you must take;

• You must be “competent” to carry out the task
• Warning signs must be placed at the entrance to the building and work area
• Visitors and other members of staff are prohibited from entry unless accompanied by a competent person
• All visitors must be issued with personal protective equipment
• You must read and be familiar with the COSHH Safety Data Sheets
• You must keep a fire extinguisher nearby during works
• You must follow all directions given by the site manager or his agents
• All electrical works must be isolated

Personal Protective Equipment you must wear;

• Safety Hat
• Safety boots
• Hi-Vis Vest
• Safety glasses (where appropriate)
• Eye Protection (where appropriate)
• Safety masks (where appropriate)

Environmental Protection Measures you must take;

• Dispose of waste and spoil to the designated area or skip provided for waste.
• Ensure that hazardous waste is removed by licensed agents.


General Precautions

1. Arrive on site and sign the register of attendance if required. Ensure all operatives have received site induction and that they have read and are familiar with method statements and risk assessments relating to works. When working in occupied houses, all operatives should be issued with a suitable form of identification which should be clearly displayed on their outer clothing at all times.

2. Before work commences, erect warning notices or barriers as required and ensure area of work is secure to provide a safe zone between tenants and the work area. Display adequate warning signs to warn tenants or visitors to the property.

3. Safe access/egress must be maintained at all times during the work. Tenants should be made aware of safe areas and restrictions on them prior to work commencing.

4. Operatives should not use any tools or equipment they have not been trained to use. All tools/ equipment to be maintained in good order. No plant, equipment, tools or materials will be left in unprotected areas of the site at any time. Ensure all of these items are stored in a secure, locked area at the end of each working day.

5. Ensure all services are disconnected and locked off prior to working on electrical equipment etc.

7. Existing kitchen units and bathroom ware will be stripped out and dismantled. All waste material will be removed from site as soon as reasonably practicable. Waste will not be left on public footpaths at any time.

8. Use mechanical aids where possible and team lifting techniques. Do not lift anything that is too heavy for you (Get Help).

9. Steel toecap safety footwear to be worn at all times when on site.

10. Step ladders may be required to reach high-level items during the dismantling stage. All work from ladders to be carried out in accordance with relevant risk assessment.

12. Replacement kitchen and bathroom will be installed as per manufacturer’s instructions. Leave all work areas clean and tidy when work is complete. Do not leave materials which could cause a fire or trip hazard lying around the site at any time.

16. Public safety must be a priority at all times during this type of work. Do not take chances. If you are unsure at any time, ask your supervisor.

17. Any property specific hazards e.g. presence of needles, presence of asbestos, dangerous animals or others will be identified during the initial inspection with the client’s representative and where required a relevant risk assessment produced prior to work commencing in that property.


Staff & Guidance

The projects will be carried out by staff from Oliver Wild Ltd. A manager will be appointed to each contract who will be responsible for quality and safety.



All site workers will wear Safety boots, and protective clothing at all times, other items of PPE such as eye protection and gloves are available to be worn as and when necessary.


Preparation & Induction

All members of staff required to work on any contract will be given copies of risk assessments and method statements, any queries or concerns will be raised with the contract manager who will ensure it is dealt with. Staff will be inducted onto each site by the site manager, and will follow all site rules and safety procedures.



The Client is responsible for providing adequate washing and toilet facilities.


First Aid

Oliver Wild Ltd will provide a first aider who has attended an HSE approved course of at least four days' duration and suitable first aid equipment.


Manual Handling

All staff and contractors have been instructed on the potential dangers of manual handling, and will not lift items of tools or equipment beyond their capabilities. Heavy or awkward items will be broken down into smaller units or dual lifted where this is not possible. It is the responsibility of the site manager to identify and control potentially dangerous manual handling situations as they occur on site on a day-to-day basis.


Working at height

All employees and sub contractors have been made aware of the dangers and consequences of falling from height. All working at height will be properly planned, organised and supervised; only competent members of staff will be allowed to work at height and it is the responsibility of the site manager to ensure conditions are safe before allowing any work at height to take place.


Working from Step Ladders

The majority of tasks carried out at height involve working below 2 meters from step ladders; all staff have been made aware of the dangers of working from step ladders and have been instructed on the safe use of ladders. Only competent members of staff will be allowed to work from step ladders and it is the responsibility of the site manager to ensure conditions are safe before allowing any ladder work to take place.


Prior to starting work

• Ensure Personal Protective Equipment is worn at all times.
• Place Warning signs at the extremes of the work area prior to the work commencing.
• Physically check the condition of all equipment before and after use


Questions? Drop us a line to find out more!

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Oliver Wild Ltd, Unit A4 Alison Business Centre, Sheffield, S2 1AS, Company Number: 7803633, VAT Number: 177-1194-93

0114 2486907 | [email protected]