Generally, awareness of Health & Safety has been raised further by the Employment of a Productive Health and Safety.
Advisor working alongside the Health and Safety Manager to ensure compliance is met through Auditing, Documentation Evaluation, Investigation works, continual training, safety meetings, and various safety bulletins, as well as filtering all Supervisors and Managers (In due course) through either the SSSTS (Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme) or the SMSTS (Site Managers Safety Training Scheme) which has enhanced the Health and Safety Culture throughout the Company. The Health & Safety Manager and Team has continued the good work within the company to ensure that Site Managers meet their responsibilities, although in some areas this has met with some resistance with some managers still failing to complete weekly document returns. Most Managers have achieved carrying out risk assessments & reviews on existing risk assessments as well as producing Method Statements which in the past was lacking. A key objective of the Health & Safety department for this year was to continue the development and implementation of health and safety policies across the company, integrating as far as possible already established systems to ensure minimal changes to working practices.
The following guidance has been ratified and implemented: No Lone Working – Continued from the Last Report. Young Persons Health & Safety Risk Assessment - Continued from the Last Report. Implementation of the Health and Safety Action Plan – Within the new Health and Safety Manual. Implementation of a Worksafe Policy – Within the new Health and Safety Manual. The introduction of a New method Statement Proforma, Diamond Drilling Check sheets, BROKK Daily/weekly check sheets, Concrete-Screed pump check sheets, Plant issue vouchers, and the Health and Safety Observation Cards. Classically the incidence of accidents has been used as a key performance indicator for health and safety and this continues to develop, although it should be noted that there has been a rise in the number of accidents reported, this may be due to the heightened awareness of reporting procedures available to all operatives.
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It should also be noted that, while important, the measurement of the accident rate is a measure of failures, not successes. However, although there has been a slight rise in the reporting of accidents the Accident Incident Rate and the Accident Frequency Rate has decreased over the reporting period in relation to the number of employees to the previous year. The Health and Safety Department agrees to use the new Method Statement Proforma and all introduced check sheets to achieve uniformity throughout the company as a performance measurement tool together with the new Health and Safety. Raising the Profile of Health and Safety The Health & Safety Manager issues monthly health and safety bulletin sheet from The Worksafe Partnership Ltd and his own, providing news of new policies and other health and safety matters of interest as well as e-mailing information from the HSE Website on relevant subjects. Health & Safety HSE “Myth of the Month” are continuing to be published on the Health and Safety Notice boards. The Site Managers have, and continue to be active in the way of conducting Toolbox Talks in compliance with current HSE Campaigns and relevant implementations and changes throughout the company.
The Health and Safety Manager has introduced a Monthly Health and Safety Table, marking each site on their Health and Safety Performance on a variety of subjects, where the winners each month receive a Plague. The Company has now become a member of ROSPA (The Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents). Co-operation and Co-ordination Co-operation and coordination with other agencies has continued successfully. A good liaison link has been established with the Health & Safety Executive, British Safety Council, IIRSM (International Institute of Risk and Safety Management), and ROSPA.
Ltd certification in the following courses – SMSTS, First Aid, and Environmental Awareness (On-Going). An increase of 10% to be achieved on the issue of CSCS cards (OnGoing). Continual Asbestos Awareness Training for all operatives (On-Going). Continuous update to all staff on the current HSE Campaigns and Health and Safety Bulletins (On-Going). A Clamp to arrange for Two personnel per month to attend the MACE business school for training. Health and Safety Annual. (Injured Party) was exiting an inlet chamber via a ladder, while carrying a staff in one hand, when he fell 5. 5m resulting in Fractures to both heal (HSE Reportable). IP was working in a riser when the plyboard protection (secured by others) gave way and the operative fell 3. 5m resulting in a Fracture of the Transverse Process Lumbar Vertebrae. IP was in the process of propping up a brickwork pier when it cracked and broke free, falling through to the next level, resulting in the operative following it and cutting his leg. Slips, Trips, Fall – Same Level IP was exiting across a scaffold bridge when one of the steps collapsed, resulting in a graze to the leg. I stepped on a piece of plyboard when it gave way resulting in the operative reaching out a hand to steady himself cutting his right arm. Injured whilst handling, lifting, carrying IP was carrying a wheelbarrow up some steps when he slipped, resulting in an injured back. (HSE Reportable). IP reported muscular pain due to holding and breaking out works. Struck by moving object IP was struck by a moving gate as it swung back resulting in a cut to the heel.
IP was struck by his own hammer in the hip area, as he over swung and missed his intended target. Contact with moving machinery/materials IP was struck by a Skilsaw blade when it jumped after hitting the edge of the workbench resulting in a cut to the hand. Strike against something fixed/stationary IP was breaking out concrete when he caught his right arm on a protruding piece of re-bar, resulting in a cut. I was breaking out concrete when he caught his right arm on a protruding piece of re-bar, resulting in a cut. Exposure/Contact – Harmful Substance 2 No IP`s were trying to unblock a gully without skin protection, into cementitious water, resulting in cementitious burns to their arms. Other IP blew into his safety goggles and as a result, got grit/debris caught into his eyes. IP cut his big toe while having a Hilti Nail fired through his boot by another operative.
A Prohibition Notice was served by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) for a defective concrete pump on the 22nd October 2008, which was being used by Floorscreed Ltd on behalf of J Coffey Construction Ltd at the Audi West Project. The pump was inspected 2 days prior to the Prohibition Notice being served by our on-site manager, who did not report any defects. On the day of the 22nd October 2008, the visiting HSE Inspector Mr. V Neaverson found the guard protecting the mixing blades to have been snapped off and the operation of the pump still in use, resulting in both J Coffey Construction Ltd and Floorscreed Ltd receiving a Prohibition Notice being served.
Actions were taken to satisfy the Prohibition Notice: the pump was removed from the site the same day and taken to Floorscreed Ltd Plant Yard where the guard was welded back in place and a new hopper lid fitted. The pump was returned to the site the next day where it was photographed for evidence of the actions being carried out and emailed to the HSE Inspector as proof, after verbal communication with the HSE Inspector he confirmed work could continue.
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