HSE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY PLAN FOR 2014/15
The HSE Plan of Work for 2014/15 has been published with a warning that the industry must take great care to avoid the ‘usual’ increase in fatal and other accidents which have historically been associated with economic upturn.
The construction sector fatality figures for 2012/2013 (provisional) record 39 deaths involving construction workers and 5 member of the public which represents a slight improvement on the recorded deaths in the previous year (2010/2011). However, the new HSE Construction Chief, Heather Bryant warns:
“the economic picture for construction is encouraging, with signs of sustained growth; however, this brings with it challenges. Research tells us that with market upturns, particularly in construction, we see increases in fatal and other accidents. We want to make sure history does not repeat itself so we are challenging the industry to be ahead of the game.
Health and safety risks need to be recognised and acted upon as work pressures pick up and less experienced workers are hired, engaging with the workforce and ensuring good training and supervision as new recruits build skills and experience is vital.”
The HSE Construction Division key priorities build on previous work are mainly unchanged although there are a few new specific projects including a focus on home building; loft conversion; solar panel installation on commercial buildings; large contractors and major projects.
Ms Bryant points out that Fee for Intervention has been implemented without change to the HSE “risk based” inspection regime.
HSE Construction Plan of Work 2013/2014
Construction project interventions will target:
- Asbestos removal work;
- Small sites/projects;
- Major projects/large contractors and clients;
- Local Priorities; and
- Matters of evident concern or with the potential to cause a catastrophic event identified during a site visit.
During site visits Inspectors will consider:
- Work at height – fall prevention;
- Health risks – raising awareness and promoting knowledge;
- Asbestos – risks during removal or disturbance;
- Welfare facilities – provision;
- Site conditions – ‘good order’;
- Respiratory risks – and adequacy of PPE use;
- Leadership – effectiveness of directors & other senior managers;
- Worker involvement – encouraging effective worker involvement;
- CDM duty holders – particularly the role and influence of clients and designers; NEW
- Contractor competence – both organisations and individuals; and
- Temporary works – awareness and management arrangements.
HSE will undertake the following projects:
- Concentrated health initiatives – including a refurb ‘blitz’ in Sept/Oct 2015; NEW
- Fragile roofs – ensure risks adequately planned and controlled and client role;
- Home building – inspection of home build projects; NEW
- Loft conversion – focussing on asbestos and work at height; NEW
- Solar panel installation on commercial premises – especially the role of the client; NEW
- Temporary Demountable Structures – examine the standard of safety management in the events and entertainments industry;
- Fire (timber frame structures) – ensure due regard to the UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) guidance;
- Leadership performance – briefings for local firms and use of HSE Toolkit;
- Large contractors – engagement at board level on key subjects including ”catastrophic risks”; and NEW
- Major projects – engage clients on projects of “significant interest”. NEW