Health and Safety Courses – Important Courses for the Construction Site

Plant Machinery Marshal

The construction industry is one of the largest, yet dangerous sectors to work in. Similar to working in an office, and any other workplace environment there are many health and safety precautions to take. In turn, this will keep all employees safe. Luckily, there are a large variety of health and safety courses available from first aid to quick hitch awareness, if you’re working with construction machinery.

This week we take a look at the different health and safety courses available at the Diggerland Plant Training School, as well as hazards that should be spotted to keep workers from harm.


Health and safety is a priority in most sectors, but in construction, workplace safety can be a life or death situation.

With so many risks and hazards on building sites, risk assessments are vital to keeping construction workers out of harm’s way. Health and safety covers a range of reasons on a construction site including:

  • Falling from height
  • Operating construction equipment
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Struck by moving machine or objects
  • Injuries caused by handling, lifting or carrying
  • Contact with chemicals
  • Contact with electrical equipment and electricity

There have been on average 61,000 non-fatal injuries to workers recorded each year according to HSE (Health and Safety Executive). The construction industry has also seen an average of 41 fatalities a year. 36 of those being construction workers. Most of these are caused by falling from a height. So there are plenty of things to look out for, to avoid adding to these statistics. 

One of the best ways construction companies can improve health and safety is to offer training to workers. Which is where we come in…


Do you work on a construction site and are looking to expand your knowledge in the health and safety area? We have multiple health and safety courses available for individuals or groups to book onto. 


As most deaths are caused by workers falling from height, we would recommend booking our N404 – Working at height course.

This NPORS accredited course will run for half a day. Once you’re then qualified it will be valid for up to 3 years. If you’re interested in booking onto this course you will learn to identify the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) required. Additionally, understanding unsafe practices and how to avoid them.


If you’re someone that will be operating various machines, then the Quick Hitch Awareness Course is definitely a course for you.

The Quick Hitch Awareness course is for anyone who is required to attach or work with machines that require quick hitch systems. The duration of this course will be one day of learning, but the qualification is valid for 5 years. 

Upon completion of the N726 Quick Hitch Awareness course, a worker will be able to safely fit and remove attachments with ease. Plus demonstrate that they have been correctly attached to avoid workplace injuries.


The S001 Safety Awareness course that we run is another very important course that we highly recommend. This course will teach workers to conduct risk assessments correctly and in depth. Anyone on site will also be able to highlight potential hazards when working. It provides practical advice on keeping yourself and your colleagues safe. 

The S001 Safety Awareness course will also run for one day, and workers can be qualified for up to 5 years. 

Be in the know, and put health and safety first on a construction site!

Quick Hitch Awareness Course


At the Diggerland Plant Training School in Kent, we are here to help anyone looking to get qualifications in the construction sector. Not only do we offer health and safety courses in Medway, we also have plenty of other construction courses to choose from.

Due to the ongoing national pandemic, we are still able to operate as we are a sector still open. We do have all of the required health and safety procedures in place, in line with government restrictions. However, if you feel more comfortable we can also offer one to one training courses.

If you want to book onto any of our construction courses, we have a number of highly experienced instructors on hand to help. We are more than happy to discuss a particular course in detail if it’s something you’re interested in. 

To get in contact with us or to book onto our courses please call: 01634 295355 or email us at:

Stay safe!