Clearview South July 2013 - Issue 140 - Page 58

HEALTH&SAFETY CLEARVIEW EXCLUSIVE Health & Safety Training is a top priority The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and its member firms clearly see health and safety training as a top priority, it tells Clearview… There is no doubt that the construction industry and its workers bear a high cost in terms of ill-health and accidents, due to the high risk nature of the work they do, so anything that we can do collectively to help to minimise risks through effective training should take priority. As one FMB member, Rob Gutteridge of Positive Building Services in Cornwall recently said; “None of us can afford to take chances with health and safety, no matter how big or small our business is. In one split second a life can change, so I believe training is critical for you, for your employees, their families and not least for your business.” However, it doesn’t have to be very costly and time-consuming to keep on top of health and safety - taking just one or two days out each year to keep yourself up to date can make a big difference. With the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) now charging fees for intervention, if they find a non-compliance on your site, it can be cheaper to attend a one-day course than to leave it to chance. These are important points, which no one would argue with. But if you are thinking that health and safety is really just common sense, and doesn’t require training, then beware of being too complacent: if an accident should ever occur on your site and be investigated, then ignorance of the law and the regulations is no defence – you need to be able to prove that you are keeping on top of these issues, in order to protect yourself from any claims, which as anyone who has been involved in such a case will testify, can be a real nightmare. The UK scored a construction industry ‘First in the World’ with the Olympics Site in 2012 – this was the first Olympic construction project ever where no workers were killed or seriously injured during the construction of the various venues: something of which UK Construction Industry can be proud. The HSE produced a report on the reasons behind this success, so that they can be learned from and implemented on other sites. (HSE Report RR955). Some of the report’s key recommendations for building contractors are: • Take time before starting work, to plan, identify future risks and decide how to manage them. • Communicate expectations to the workforce early and clearly, so they are fully aware of the standards of health and safety expected (and the same goes for subcontractors) • Recognise the significant role of construction supervisors and develop and harness the skills of effective supervisors to engage the workforce and represent their views, to provide leadership, build trust and empower action, particularly on matters of health and safety. Clearly then, having well trained supervisors on site is a great asset, and will help to maintain a great track record f ȁȁ̸ͥ5 éȁٕ́ͥѕѱ͡܁ѡЁЁ55́ѼչхͽѠͅɅٕȁѡ啅ȰٕѡɕЁєݡɅՑ́ٔЁɐѠͅѥѽѡЁ͕́Ѽ5 é́ɔɅ͵մͥ镐ɵ̰ݡ́ѕɵ́ͽɍɕمаمՔɅѡɅɕ䁡ٔѕѠͅɽͥȁɔѡ䁱ѼٔЁɅȁѼɝ͔ѡ͕́ȁѡQЁݽɬȁɅ́ͼѱ䁅ձЁЁɥѥ͕́եɽи!ݕٕȰɵ́ݡɔѕɥȁՉ͕ѽȁɅ́ѥձɱ䁹ѼѼɅєѕٔѡɥЁѥѕ́ȁѡݽeЁٕͥɕȁѡݽɬQӊéݡɔQɅͽѥѡ5ɕЁѼ͵ɵ̰ѕɵ́ѥѡɥɥ䁅ɕ́ȁɅͥѡ她ݕȁѡȁ͡Ѽɽ٥مՔ͕̰ݡЁѡ͕ѥ́ɽ͕́ѥѕɅѥٔݽɭ͡٥ɽиQ́́хЁа́ѡ́Ѽեѕѡݽɭɍ́ݕ́եɵ́ѼєݥѠ́Ѽɕձѥ́ѡ䁽ȸ5䁽5 é͕́ɔѼ̰ݥѠ͍չ́ȁձѥ́ȁͽ͕͔͕́́ȁɽ́ȁɔݽɭ̸ܹɜլɅ((())U0()Qɕɔ٥ͥЁܹ٥ܵլ((0