Safety doesn’t happen by accident. Giving safe and healthy environment to labourers, to work at construction site is of prime importance. It is client’s duty to make sure that contractors have made necessary arrangements to provide adequate welfare facilities for labourers. On notifiable projects i.e. longer than 30 days, client must ensure the construction work does not start unless site welfare units are arranged for labourers.
Welfare facilities for Labourers on construction site must have:
- Adequate water for drinking and cleaning purpose in addition to water required for the construction work.
- Provision of neat space for preparing and consuming food.
- Provision of shelter for protection from weather and resting.
Welfare Facilities on Site should be provided at a central location accessible within a reasonable distance or time.
Following temporary units should be made or provided:
Toilets should be well ventilated, lit and clean with washing facilities adjacent to it for washing purpose after every use.
These include provision of clean and orderly placed basins or sink large enough for people to wash their face, hands and forearms.
Drinking water jugs should be placed at various accessible places with clean cups for drinking water.
Facilities for Rest:
Rest rooms or rest areas should be well equipped with tables and seating for sufficient number of persons. They should also have arrangements for meals to be prepared and eaten. Also, safeguard labourers from weather condition.
Facilities for Rest:
Rest rooms or rest areas should be well equipped with tables and seating for sufficient number of persons. They should also have arrangements for meals to be prepared and eaten. Also safeguard labourers from weather condition.
These days Mobile Welfare Units are widely available and used to serve the labourers with basic facilities for their welfare. These are portable temporary units/cabins which can be easily placed from one place to another. Mobile welfare units consist of following:
- Table and benched seating
- Drinking water supply
- Recirculating toilet and recirculating sink
- Food consumption area
- Proper commercial heating
- Adequate ventilation
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In the Construction Industry, most of the labourers migrate from one place to another, so most of them usually don’t get basic facilities. That may results in health issues for them and also to their families. Providing the above-mentioned facilities at the construction site helps in improving the productivity of labourers and keeping the site clean and hygienic.
Contractors must maintain the facilities throughout the life of the project.