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1 Health & Safety In Construction Frances Eatough Health & Safety Manager Alumet Systems (UK) Ltd

2 Introduction The Company The Company The Construction Industry The Construction Industry Site Safety Issues Site Safety Issues

3 Alumet Systems UK Ltd Medium sized company based in Southam, Warwickshire Medium sized company based in Southam, Warwickshire Design, Manufacture and Install external façade systems Design, Manufacture and Install external façade systems Employ 74 employees Employ 74 employees 2 factories, 2 design offices, head office 2 factories, 2 design offices, head office Undertake Sub-Contract work for Taylor Woodrow, Moss Construction, Miller Construction and HBG (members of Major Contractors Group) Undertake Sub-Contract work for Taylor Woodrow, Moss Construction, Miller Construction and HBG (members of Major Contractors Group)

4 Aim to eliminate risk during construction, maintenance and demolition through careful planning and design. Aim to eliminate risk during construction, maintenance and demolition through careful planning and design. Key role under CDM Regulations Key role under CDM Regulations Design risk assessment Design risk assessment Work with architect and main contractor Work with architect and main contractor Does CDM Work?? Does CDM Work?? Alumet Systems - CDM

5 The Construction Industry 2.2 million people work in Construction in the UK 2.2 million people work in Construction in the UK Largest but most dangerous industry Largest but most dangerous industry In the last 25 years 2,800 people have died through work related injuries In the last 25 years 2,800 people have died through work related injuries Between April 2004 and March people died and thousands were injured. Between April 2004 and March people died and thousands were injured.

6 Cause of Deaths: falling through fragile roofs and rooflights falling through fragile roofs and rooflights falling from ladders, scaffolds and other work places falling from ladders, scaffolds and other work places being struck by excavators, lift trucks or dumpers being struck by excavators, lift trucks or dumpers being struck by falling loads and equipment being struck by falling loads and equipment being crushed by collapsing structures being crushed by collapsing structures The Construction Industry

7 Health & Safety In Construction Potential Causes Potential Causes Lack of planning / Poor management Lack of planning / Poor management Tight deadlines Tight deadlines Overlapping trades Overlapping trades Sub-contract labour Sub-contract labour Foreign workers Foreign workers Understand site rules? Understand site rules? Young operatives Young operatives Risk takers Risk takers Horseplay Horseplay

8 Health & Safety In Construction HSE very active on large construction sites HSE very active on large construction sites Run special campaigns: Run special campaigns: Fit out – October 2005 Fit out – October 2005 Working at height Working at height Watch your step – Feb 2006 Watch your step – Feb 2006 Slip trips Slip trips Housekeeping Housekeeping Access Access Main Contractors very proactive Main Contractors very proactive Strict procedures Strict procedures Health and Safety meetings Health and Safety meetings

9 Site Specific Issues: Site Specific Issues: Working at Height Working at Height Manual Handling Manual Handling PPE PPE Training Training

10 Working at Height Major Risk Major Risk Predomantly use: Predomantly use: Scaffolding Scaffolding Correctly set out Correctly set out MEWPs MEWPs Need good access Need good access Mobile scaffold towers Mobile scaffold towers Harness and Man-Safe Systems Harness and Man-Safe Systems Ladders / podium steps Ladders / podium steps

11 Safe Use of Harnesses Fit – Harnesses have maximum weight allowance Fit – Harnesses have maximum weight allowance Are operatives wearing them correctly Are operatives wearing them correctly What can they anchor too? What can they anchor too? Need secure anchor point Need secure anchor point Choking – bad practice Choking – bad practice Lanyard Type – Traditionally sold with fall arrest lanyard Lanyard Type – Traditionally sold with fall arrest lanyard Have operatives enough room to fall? Have operatives enough room to fall? Can they be rescued? Can they be rescued?

12 Ladders Not illegal to use! Not illegal to use! Many Construction companies have banned their use (well kind of) Many Construction companies have banned their use (well kind of) Last resort Last resort Short duration Short duration

13 Manual Handling Major changes in the glazing industry Major changes in the glazing industry Eliminate the requirement for manual handling where ever possible Eliminate the requirement for manual handling where ever possible Cranes Cranes Electric chain hoists Electric chain hoists Power suckers Power suckers Forklifts Forklifts Trolleys Trolleys

14 PPE On a construction site you must wear Helmet, Hi Vis Vest and safety boots On a construction site you must wear Helmet, Hi Vis Vest and safety boots Many Main Contractors have made the wearing of gloves mandatory Many Main Contractors have made the wearing of gloves mandatory Laing ORourke – Mandatory eye protection and gloves Laing ORourke – Mandatory eye protection and gloves ?? Are protective glasses designed to be worn all day ?? ?? Are protective glasses designed to be worn all day ??

15 Training Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Aim: Aim: Rid the construction industry of cowboys Rid the construction industry of cowboys All workers obtain CSCS card which demonstrates basic health and safety training and experience in their trade All workers obtain CSCS card which demonstrates basic health and safety training and experience in their trade Cards obtained by completion of health and safety touch screen test and industry accreditation or NVQ Cards 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!! Safety in Construction has improved however we still have our bad days!!

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