Our responsibility in managing health and safety is simple. Ensure everyone goes home at the end of the working day.
There are issues that we all need to be aware of. For instance, in the UK, around 5,000 people die from asbestos exposure every year, with construction workers accounting for 66 per cent, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
“On site today, it’s very different from 30 years ago” Ray Holder, our Health and Safety Manager, stated “We work hard to make people aware and to manage against some very serious issues, such as silica dust.”
Where are the biggest health and safety issues?
Ray said, “Human error takes precedence. It is our role to embed processes that surpass human error. We audit sites regularly, so that slips and falls are eliminated. We support others from the start to the end of a project.”
Health and safety is not something that starts when people are on site. It all begins at the pre-start stage for a new project, where documents such as method statements and risk assessments are scrutinised, collated and distributed.
Whilst we all appreciate the deadlines that are set and focus on the project in hand, this cannot come at the expense of establishing disciplined systems and processes that support each other’s safety.