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Quiz: English for the construction industry


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Over the last few months, throughout our series of English lessons in "Inżynier Budownictwa" monthly, we have managed to cover various topics related to the construction industry. Most of them tackled the issue of occupa- tional health and safety on a construction site including earthworks, concrete and reinforced concrete works, electrical works as well as works at heights. In addition we learned few facts about railway construction, resi- dential housing and bicycle paths. We could also read about superstitions regarding building a house, as well as New Year’s resolutions. The following quiz is a great way to check what you remember from those ten lessons published from September 2016.

Task 1


You are going to hear a radio programme about OHS. For questions 1-5 decide which statement is true (T), false (F), or which statement is not mentioned in the recording (-).



OHS is just one of the topics discussed within the series of programmes named 'Construction is an art'





The programme is aimed specifically at site supervisors.





Individual protection measures are a top priority.





Special care should be exercised when working at height and carrying out earthworks.





Collective protection equipment should be provided by site managers.





In case of fire on the site, we should immediately mark the danger area.





Task 2


Match the statements (6-10) with the relevant ones (A-E) to complete the tips about OHS.




OHS is a set of rules and provisions for creating working conditions that do not endanger the lives and health of workers.



It is necessary to ensure safety at deep excavations.



Shores and angle struts are used to support the formwork.



Provide safe and efficient handling of concrete.



Remember about a regular inspection of electrical equipment and systems.



The human factor may be the cause of falls from height.



A. They should be dismantled by qualified teams once the concrete has gained the sufficient strength.

B. It should involve tests and measurements of the insulation resistance, continuity of protective cables and earthing resistance.

C. They should be secured with 1.1 m barriers erected at least 1.0 m from the edge.

D. It happens when workers do not use personal protective equipment such as safety belts and harnesses.

E. Hoists, cranes, concrete pumps or containers should be functional and operated by only authorised staff.

F. The compliance with them is supervised by the National Labour Inspectorate.


Task 3


Choose the odd word out in each of the following groups (11-20):



site manager, National Labour Inspectorate, master, foreman, site engineer


11. track rail, rail head, guard rail, rai foot, rail neck

12. railway platform, isolating layer, ballast, sleepers, track rails

13. residential housing, council housing, cooperative housing, company housing, housing stock

14. roadway, concrete slab, sidewalk, intersection, crossing

15. fatal accident, injury, electric shock, death, bravado

16. socket, cornerstone, horseshoe, wreath, groundbreaking plaque

17. gloves, dust masks, sidewalk sheds, safety belts, helmets

18. switchgear, plug, earplug, socket, connection

19. post, scaffolding, mast, ladder, excavation

20. earthing, ditch, slope, escarpment, inclination


Task 4


Complete the sentences below (21-30) with the appropriate words or expressions in correct forms:



One of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn English with "Inżynier Budownictwa”.


21. Slow down as you approach a railway             and look both ways before crossing the tracks.

22. The majority of flats in Poland are managed by either or             co-ops.

23. Over the past years Warsaw has steadily increased its network of                                .

24. Today, many construction companies must adopt                   practices and reduce impacts on the environment.

25. A                                       is a great way of showing off your new house or flat.

26. Falls from height are one of the most common               in the construction industry.

27. Deep            are considered to be over 1.5 m in depth.

28. Erecting and                 scaffolds is a high-risk activity and should be done by qualified professionals.

29.                 is an electrical tool, equipped with a main switch and necessary electric shock safety devices, used to distribute and control power distribution.

30.                 works include site clearance and the construction of a pedestrian walkway.


Magdalena Marcinkowska












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