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1 Construction Health and Safety Trevor Pavitt All information contained in this presentation is confidential and the property of Alistair Gibb of Loughborough University. No part of this presentation may be duplicated without the authors specific consent. The information presented has been shown in good faith.

2 Alistair Gibb, Trevor Pavitt, Katie Horne, Roger Haslam APaCHe, Loughborough University ISBN XXX YYY Continue Occupational health is a major problem for construction Between 2001 and people died in construction and there were 3959 serious accidents. Over the same period the HSE estimates that construction workers suffered from ill-health caused, or made worse by their job (HSE, Building, 11 July 2003). We need to put the health back into health and safety Work-related ill-health is under-recognised, under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-managed (Dr Andrew Colvin, medical advisor to CTRL) Designers can make a difference Hazards are introduced at the earliest stages in a projects life and can often be eliminated and risks reduced through the design process (CONIAC HSC/M1/02/3). But designers often dont know what to do HSE found that a third of designers on major construction projects demonstrated little or no understanding of their responsibilities to design-out risks (SHP June 2003). D 4 h provides designers with an opportunity to make a difference to the occupational health of construction workers Designers dangerously unaware of CDM duties SHP June 2003 Clients and architect ignore safety Building 16 August 2002 Ill-health is like a slow- burning accident Kevin Myers, HSE Building July 2003 Vital to eliminate health hazards in design Lawrence Waterman, Sypol Building, July 2003 One in three designers ignores safety Building May 2003 Designers unaware of their duties under CDM Croner July 2003 HSE targets consultants for ignoring safe design NCE March 2003 CDM: Confusion, Despair and Mayhem NCE July 2002 Designers have no idea Construction News May 2003 Designers face clamp down after safety blitz NCE May 2002

3 Alistair Gibb Roger Haslam Katie Horne Trevor Pavitt Alistair Gibb Roger Haslam Katie Horne Trevor Pavitt D 4 h – Designing for health Best practice exemplars D 4 h – Designing for health Best practice exemplars

4 Recent APaCHe Projects ConCA – Accident Causality Better, easier, safer design ECI SHE manual ECI Health manual.

5 Current APaCHe Projects D 4 h - Designing for Healthy Construction HAVS - Hand-Arm Vibration study (CTRL) Kerbs - Manual handling (CHSG) CIRIA - Health Manual for Workers HASPREST – H&S and Off-Site Production.

6 APaCHe Projects D 4 h Designing for healthy construction 18 month project started July 2002 DTI Pii fundingValue ~£250k Identify best practice Adapt to mainstream sector Produce guidance for designers Loughborough team: –Katie Horne, Trevor Pavitt and Charlotte Brace.

7 D 4 h – Designing for Health Establishing best practice for designers reducing occupational health risks during construction Developing strategy and guidance.

8 Why occupational health (OH) and the need to design-out hazards are both important.

9 Health and Design OH is the poor relative of SAFETY TMCS Directive (CDM) requires designers to act OH can not be ignored –79 fatalities in –3959 serious accidents – OH cases.

10 Health and Design Very little good practice by designers –Only 33% had sufficient knowledge of their duties (HSE Survey) –Only 8% had had any training (HSE Survey) –It has been hard to find exemplars But…. the supply-chain is innovating.

11 D 4 h Tool Provides strategic guidance for the concept design phase Provides element-specific guidance for the detailed design phase –Identifies main activities and health hazards –Suggests designer action to remove/reduce risk –Provides exemplars to illustrate the benefits.

12 D4h offers two distinct tools for designers: D4h outline strategy tool – Where the designer has the greatest opportunity to influence healthy design, but design details are not fixed D4h detailed design tool – Where healthy design is influenced by contractor and specialist input D4h Process – Major Building D4h Detailed Design ToolD4h Outline Design Strategy

13 Piling exemplar Many health (and safety) hazards Key health hazard from removal of pile top –Hand-held pneumatic breakers.

14 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Main piling activities Main piling health risks Pile top break down health risks Innovations to reduce pile top break down health risks Elliott pile break method Recepieux pile break method Taets hydraulic pile break method Cementation-Skanska sacrificial guide wall

15 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Main piling activities 1Auger fitted with appropriate head 2Auger drilled into ground to required depth 3Concrete poured down hollow core of auger whilst auger is removed 4Steel reinforcement cage pushed into wet concrete 5Wet concrete overspill at ground level removed 6Ground level reduced and top section of pile broken down to desired level 7Pile cap or capping beam constructed.

16 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Main piling health risks 1Manual handling aspects to changing auger heads 2Contaminated land hazards 3Dermatitis and other cement-related hazards 4Manual handling and injury risks in placing rebar cage along with cement- related hazards 5Cement related and manual handling hazards (excess concrete typically removed by hand) 6Major hand-arm and whole body vibration hazards (HAVS/WBVS), noise, dust and other manual handling hazards 7Insitu concrete hazards (many and various).

17 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Main piling health risks Survey results from Designers/Planning Supervisors (APS Aberdeen and Newcastle 9/03) Red/Yellow - High riskBlack/Blue - Medium riskBlue/White – Low risk

18 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Pile top break down health risks Skin cancer from excess sun exposure Dermatitis from cement exposure Site Helmets Additional safety-related issues include: Injury from exposed reinforcement Unsecured ladder Struck by machine Falls / trips on debris PPE – eg boots, overalls, hi-visibility vests Undermining timber hoarding Ear protection to reduce risk from noise Silicosis from cement dust Eye protection to reduce risk from debris Loughborough University Image courtesy Loughborough University This image shows a real-life construction site situation In this case mostly poor practice The boxes identify some of the main health hazards Green boxes show where the site team have taken some action to reduce or control the risk Red boxes show where they do not appear to have taken such action In either case D4h aims to take action during design to avoid or reduce the risks before they reach site This image was not taken from a project involving a D4h collaborator MSDs from bad posture and restricted work area HAVS / WBVS from breaker vibration

19 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Loughborough University Images courtesy Elliott – Occupational Health Innovation Pile break method (Elliott) Main health issues addressed HAVS and other health risks associated with breaking down of the tops of insitu bored piles Description This technique involves the removal of the unwanted pile section in one piece, exploiting the physics of crack propagation. Steel reinforcement above the final cut-off level is prevented from bonding with the concrete by fixing isolating sleeves to the bars before the cages are lowered into position (1). When the pile is finally exposed a 51mm diameter hole is drilled horizontally into the concrete at cut-off level to just beyond the centre of the pile (2). A standard hydraulic splitter is inserted and activated (3) and after around 30 seconds the concrete cracks across the desired level. Then an excavator is used to lift off the surplus in a single piece via a lifting eye cast into the top surface (4). Elliot claim that the operation cuts the hand-arm vibration risk by more than 90%. It will work on pile diameters from 300mm to 3m and typically takes around 10 minutes (5), bringing significant productivity and cost benefits. Design action required Actual choice of technique is probably left to the Principal Contractor. However, designers should identify the significant risk and ask the PC for proposals to remove the risk (knowing that there is an answer). Main residual health risks One 51mm hole is drilled into the pile with some associated vibration hazards (approx 5 minutes task time). Some MSD hazards may remain in the manoeuvring of the pile top section although this is a crane operation. Note: There are a number of alternative methods addressing this health risk. (link to table)

20 Elliott Crack Propagation Courtesy Elliott

21 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Loughborough University Images courtesy Recepieux – (http://www.recepieux.com) Occupational Health Innovation Chemical pile break method (Recepieux) Main health issues addressed HAVS and other health risks associated with breaking down of the tops of insitu bored piles Description Recepieuxs technique involves the removal of the unwanted pile section in one piece, exploiting the principle of crack propagation induced using an expanding grout. The steps are as follows: 1 Foam sleeves are fixed over the reinforcement over the length to be removed 2 A series of PVC tubes and cones is assembled 3 The tube and cone assembly is pushed into the wet concrete 4 The tube assembly is checked for level and funnels fixed to the top of the tubes 5 The temperature of the pile concrete is measured (this affects the grout mix choice) 6 The expanding grout is mixed and batched into containers 7 The grout is poured into the tubes via the funnels 8 The grout expands in the cones set at cut-off level propagating a horizontal crack through the pile 9 The top unwanted section is removed by crane Design action required Actual choice of technique is usually left to the Principal Contractor. However, designers should identify the significant risk and ask the PC for proposals to remove the risk (knowing that there is an answer). Main residual health risks COSHH issues with the grout and increased work required to the wet concrete during pile construction. Some MSD hazards may remain in the maneuvering of the pile top section. Note: There are a number of alternative methods addressing this health risk. (link to table) Note: there are examples of poor use of PPE in these images

22 Traditional insitu bored pile cast approximately 1m above cut-off level Horizontal crack induced at cut- off level by expanding grout inserted through tubes. Recepieux Chemical Crack propagation Courtesy Recepieux

23 Note poor PPE Recepieux Chemical Crack propagation

24 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Loughborough University Images courtesy Taets – (http://www.taets.nl/#B) Occupational Health Innovation Hydraulic pile break method (Taets) Main health issues addressed HAVS and other health risks associated with breaking down of the tops of insitu bored piles Description The Taets system from the Netherlands replaces hand-held pneumatic breaking with a large scale hydraulic breaker. The breaker is suspended from an excavator and makes a horizontal fracture in the pile at cut-off level. Each hydraulic cylinder drives a chisel into the concrete producing a horizontal fracture as the breaking force built up this way always seeks the shortest way through the concrete. This stage takes about 25 seconds. The steel chisels do not have to penetrate beyond the reinforcement bars. After the fracture is made, the chisels penetrate further into the concrete (usually mm). Due to the shape of the chisel, in combination with the reaction forces on the concrete by the steel reinforcement, the concrete breaks into pieces and can removed without the need for further breaking. Design action required Actual choice of technique is probably left to the Principal Contractor. However, designers should identify the significant risk and ask the PC for proposals to remove the risk (knowing that there is an answer). Main residual health risks Slight MSD risk maneuvering breaker although this is a crane / excavator operation. MSD risks disposing of broken concrete – depending on techniques used. Some dust and noise. Note: There are a number of alternative methods addressing this health risk. (link to table)

25 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Loughborough University Images courtesy Taets – (http://www.taets.nl/#B)

26 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Loughborough University Image courtesy Mantovanibenne Occupational Health Innovation Hydraulic pile break method ( Mantovanibenne ) Main health issues addressed HAVS and other health risks associated with breaking down of the tops of insitu bored piles Description The Mantovanibenne system replaces hand-held pneumatic breaking with a large scale hydraulic breaker in a similar way to the Taets system. This system was recently used on Norwich FCs Carrow Road ground (NTW Civil Engineering / Inmalo). The system can accommodate piles between 350 and 1600mm for both circular and square piles. The team claim significant productivity as well as health and safety benefits (Construction News, 11/09/03 p.20). Design action required Actual choice of technique is probably left to the Principal Contractor. However, designers should identify the significant risk and ask the PC for proposals to remove the risk (knowing that there is an answer). Main residual health risks Slight MSD risk maneuvering breaker although this is a crane / excavator operation. MSD risks disposing of broken concrete – depending on techniques used. Some dust and noise. Note: There are a number of alternative methods addressing this health risk. (link to table)

27 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Loughborough University Courtesy Mantovanibenne

28 Traditional insitu bored pile cast approximately 1m above cut-off level Hand-held breaking replaced by crane- handled hydraulic breaker. Option 4 – Hydraulic breaker Courtesy Taets

29 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Occupational Health Innovation Precast sacrificial guide wall (Cementation-Skanska) Main health issues addressed HAVS and other health risks associated with breaking down of the tops of insitu bored piles, along with other pile top hazards Description Contiguous piled walls require more accurate alignment and need a temporary, sacrificial concrete guide wall to be cast before the piling operations through which the auger passes. The Cementation-Skanska system prevents the abortive work of the early guide wall, which in the final permanent state is usually replaced by a concrete capping beam of similar dimensional proportions. The system utilizes pre-cast concrete guides placed into position and retained by a non-structural concrete surround. By preventing contamination to the tops of the piles, they can be poured to cut-off level in the first place removing the need to break-down the pile tops. Circular voids in the mould allow the piling auger to pass through the mould in the required position. Adjacent voids are protected with circular lids to prevent them being filled with concrete or pile arisings. 1 - guide blocks being placed along the line of the wall 2 - auger drilling through the block guides 3 - blocks removed after the piling operation and also the shape left by the blocks acting as the formwork for the capping beam. Design action required Actual choice of technique is probably left to the Principal Contractor. However, designers should identify the significant risk and ask the PC for proposals to remove the risk (knowing that there is an answer). Main residual health risks Additional operations involve the placement of the precast guide wall units which may involve some MSD hazards. Note: There are a number of alternative methods addressing this health risk. (link) Loughborough University Images courtesy Cementation Foundations - Skanska

30 Designed for contiguous piling Enables pile to be cast to cut-off level Avoids contamination of wet concrete from surrounding ground Avoids need for breaking down pile top. Cementation-Skanska sacrificial guide wall Courtesy Cementation-Skanska and Carillion

31 D4h Major Building – Pile top break down Loughborough University Innovations to reduce health risk MethodHealth hazards reduced / removedResidual health hazards Elliott crack method Manual removal of pile top is avoided by the crack splitter resulting in a large concrete section removed by crane 51mm hole drilled into the pile with some associated vibration hazards. Some MSD hazards may remain in the manoeuvring of the pile top section. Recepieux chemical method Manual removal of pile top is avoided by the chemical technique resulting in a large concrete section removed by crane COSHH issues with the grout. Increased work required to the wet concrete during pile construction. Some MSD hazards may remain in the manoeuvring of the pile top section. Taets hydraulic breaker Manual removal of pile top is replaced by a crane-handled hydraulic machine Some MSD hazards may remain in the manoeuvring of the hydraulic breaker and in the ultimate removal of the broken concrete. Cementation sacrificial guide wall (contiguous piling) The need for over-pouring of the concrete pile is removed as the pile is poured to the correct cut-off level, protected from contamination of the surrounding ground by the precast guide wall. Additional operations involve the placement of the precast guide wall units which may involve some MSD hazards.

32 Designer/PS knowledge of pile break innovations Sample size 40 Main primary function – designers (Arch & Eng) Main secondary function – Planning Supervisors

33 D 4 h Designing for healthy construction The challenge…….. To design-out health risks for construction workers Are we aware of the innovations? Do our designs preclude their use? Do we have mechanisms in place to access expert knowledge? Are we proactive in encouraging design innovations?.

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