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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific sectors - Construction - 8000
    The construction industry provides many opportunities for people to become involved in work that is creative, fulfilling and interesting. However, it still remains one of the most dangerous industries to work in (second only to agriculture, forestries and fishing). In 2018/19, 30 workers suffered a fatal injury at work. Although this is the lowest figure on record for the sector, it still represents approximately four times the average rate across all industries. Almost half of these fatal accidents were caused...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific sectors - Construction - Construction design and management - Definition of construction - 8010
    The scope of “construction” encompasses a wide range of work: - construction, alteration, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, upkeep, redecoration, maintenance, high-pressure or chemical cleaning, decommissioning, demolition or dismantling of a structure; - preparation for an intended structure, including site clearance, exploration, investigation (not site surveys) and excavation; - on-site assembly of prefabricated elements to form a structure or disassembly of elements that had previously...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific sectors - Construction - Construction design and management - Roles and responsibilities - Contractors - Principal contractor - 8075
    The principal contractor co-ordinates the construction phase of a project that involves more than one contractor. They are often referred to as the main contractor as they are in control of the site and will typically have a number of contractors and sub-contractors working underneath them, depending on the size of the project. They are appointed by the client, and must only accept the appointment if they are competent to carry out the work (¶8066 above). Early appointment of the principal contractor is recommended...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific sectors - Construction - Documentation - 8150
    Certain documentation needs to be prepared for construction projects. This ensures a consistent approach and that the information needed by all parties can be distributed in good time.
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific sectors - Construction - Site health and safety - 8210
    Risks are often transitional on a construction site. As the work progresses, the different stages of a project will produce hazards unique to that stage, for example excavations are a likely hazard at the beginning of a project. This therefore requires the person in control of the site to manage the risks accordingly and be proactive in putting the appropriate measures in place at the right time. N Ltd was undertaking a renovation project on a property in Blackpool. The HSE discovered that the construction...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific sectors - Construction - Site health and safety - Vehicles - 8290
    Construction site vehicles pose a serious risk if their presence is not managed properly. Workplace vehicles and appropriate control measures for managing the associated risks are discussed in detail at ¶4450+. Vehicles are a common cause of accidents on construction sites, often due to insufficient separation of pedestrians and vehicles. This can be avoided at the design stage when the phasing of work is planned so that segregation can be managed at each stage of the work. An agency labourer on a building...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific sectors - Construction - Site health and safety - Excavations and services - Overhead cables - 8330
    The presence of overhead lines across or near an intended construction site should be identified in the PCI. As far as possible, work should not be carried out near or underneath overhead cables. If work near or underneath the cables cannot be avoided, a risk assessment must be carried out (see ¶3100+), taking into account the anticipated work and the possibilities for accidental contact or coming close enough for the electricity to arc between two points not in direct contact (a “flashover”), for example...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - General Information - Models - Construction health and safety file checklist - 9903
    Include information about each of the following topics, so far as they are relevant to the health and safety of any future construction work on the structure or use of the building. The level of detail should allow those carrying out work to identify and manage the risks which are likely to arise. Construction health and safety file Yes No N/A F/I1 A brief description of the construction project to which the file relates. Residual hazards in the structure or on the premises, e.g. asbestos, underground services,...
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