Presentation on theme: "Introduction The Company The Construction Industry Site Safety Issues."— Presentation transcript:
1 Health & Safety In Construction Frances Eatough Health & Safety Manager Alumet Systems (UK) Ltd
2 IntroductionThe CompanyThe Construction IndustrySite Safety Issues
3 Alumet Systems UK LtdMedium sized company based in Southam, WarwickshireDesign, Manufacture and Install external façade systemsEmploy 74 employees2 factories, 2 design offices, head officeUndertake Sub-Contract work for Taylor Woodrow, Moss Construction, Miller Construction and HBG (members of Major Contractors Group)
4 Alumet Systems - CDMAim to eliminate risk during construction, maintenance and demolition through careful planning and design.Key role under CDM RegulationsDesign risk assessmentWork with architect and main contractorDoes CDM Work??
5 The Construction Industry 2.2 million people work in Construction in the UKLargest but most dangerous industryIn the last 25 years 2,800 people have died through work related injuriesBetween April 2004 and March people died and thousands were injured.2.2 million people work in Britain’s construction industry, making it the country’s biggest industry.It is also one of the most dangerous. In the last 25 years, over 2,800 people have died from injuries they received as a result of construction work. Many more have been injured or made ill.Between April 2004 and March 2005, 71 workers died and thousands were injured as a result of construction work. The main causes of the fatal accidents were:falling through fragile roofs and rooflightsfalling from ladders, scaffolds and other work placesbeing struck by excavators, lift trucks or dumpersbeing struck by falling loads and equipmentbeing crushed by collapsing structures
6 The Construction Industry Cause of Deaths:falling through fragile roofs and rooflightsfalling from ladders, scaffolds and other work placesbeing struck by excavators, lift trucks or dumpersbeing struck by falling loads and equipmentbeing crushed by collapsing structures
7 Health & Safety In Construction Potential CausesLack of planning / Poor managementTight deadlinesOverlapping tradesSub-contract labourForeign workersUnderstand site rules?Young operativesRisk takersHorseplay
8 Health & Safety In Construction HSE very active on large construction sitesRun special campaigns:Fit out – October 2005Working at heightWatch your step – Feb 2006Slip tripsHousekeepingAccessMain Contractors very proactiveStrict proceduresHealth and Safety meetings
9 Site Specific Issues:Working at HeightManual HandlingPPETraining
10 Working at Height Major Risk Predomantly use: Scaffolding MEWP’s Correctly set outMEWP’sNeed good accessMobile scaffold towersHarness and Man-Safe SystemsLadders / podium stepsScaffoldingOnly want to adjust once – problems to far from wall or to high so need to use hop up to reachMEWP’s
11 Safe Use of Harnesses Fit – Harnesses have maximum weight allowance Are operatives wearing them correctlyWhat can they anchor too?Need secure anchor pointChoking – bad practiceLanyard Type – Traditionally sold with fall arrest lanyardHave operatives enough room to fall?Can they be rescued?
12 Ladders Not illegal to use! Many Construction companies have banned their use (well kind of)Last resortShort duration
13 Manual Handling Major changes in the glazing industry Eliminate the requirement for manual handling where ever possibleCranesElectric chain hoistsPower suckersForkliftsTrolleys
14 PPEOn a construction site you must wear Helmet, Hi Vis Vest and safety bootsMany Main Contractors have made the wearing of gloves mandatoryLaing O’Rourke – Mandatory eye protection and gloves?? Are protective glasses designed to be worn all day ??
15 Training Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Aim: Rid the construction industry of cowboysAll workers obtain CSCS card which demonstrates basic health and safety training and experience in their tradeCards obtained by completion of health and safety touch screen test and industry accreditation or NVQ
16 Safety in Construction has improved however we still have our bad days!!..........................