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Date PostedOctober 4, 2012

Importance of Warning Signs on Building Sites

(Photo: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Construction sites are a source of a great many hazards that can cause injury and even death to workers. People on construction sites need to made aware of the hazards they face in order to avoid them. This involves more than just providing workers with safety training. Employers also need to warn workers of hazards throughout the site in the form of clear, appropriately visible signage.

Signs on construction sites warn workers about hazards when entering a section of the site where that hazard may cause damage. They also make known any special requirements on site.  Signs not only warn workers of potential hazards but also warn all visitors to the site who may not be as aware of the hazards as the workers are.

Signage also provides instructions on how to behave areas to keep out of and other instructions and regardless of the size, shape or colour all signs are important and need to be adhered to.

There are different types of signs that workers should become familiar with.

  • Prohibition signs (white with a red circle through) tell the workers what they should not do.
  • Mandatory signs inform workers of what they should do and can be distinguished as a white sign with a blue circle running through it and containing an image.
  • Limitation signs allow workers to know the limitations of the workplace and appear as a white sign with a red circle around a black image.
  • Emergency signs are green and direct workers of where to go in an emergency, where emergency equipment can be found, where to find the first aid equipment etc.

So be vigilant and on the look-out for signs on site to warn you of possible hazards, it may save your life.


Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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