In recent years, the two main areas of industrial activity recording most fatalities and injuries were construction & farming. Even with the current downturn in construction activity, Site Safety is of the utmost importance.
With the current upturn in the economy, there is a significant increase in construction activity and it is expected this will continue into the future. This means the HSA will renew their inspection regime in that area of work. Indeed the Programme planned by the HSA for 2017 states “there will be 4,000 construction site inspections with a focus on preventing accidents involving self-employed workers and small-sized contractors”.
The construction inspection programme focused on a range of issues, including :
The appointment of duty holders (79% of sites demonstrated full or broad compliance), Controls for excavations (recorded as adequate in 61% of cases), The issue of edge protection and platform work, with only 42% of sites having full or broad compliance and 20% recorded as having limited or no compliance.
Welfare facilities met requirements in 59% of inspections.
Specific inspection campaigns in the sector, focusing on cement dermatitis and health surveillance, indicated poor performance, with rates of limited or no compliance at 36% and 38% respectively.
The duties of the Client, the Project Supervisor Design Process ( PSDP ) & Project Supervisor Construction Stage ( PSCS ) impose responsibilities on all those involved in construction and compliance with the main 2005 Act, the 2007 Regulations and the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work ( Construction ) Regulations 2013 is being constantly monitored. Site Safety has to be managed in a professional, conscientious and on-going basis to ensure Employees and Others remain accident & injury free while at work.
Q-West Consultants will carry out Site Visits to monitor your compliance with Site Safety, looking at all aspects of the daily routine. A written Report will be provided to you detailing the results of the Site Visit including where improvements need to be addressed.
Site Safety is not restricted to construction but includes any locations where work is being carried out. Safety Audits can be carried out in your factory, shop, hotel, nursing home, supermarket, childcare facility etc.