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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific requirements - Construction - 7000
    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 2017/18, 38 workers suffered a fatal injury at work; approximately four times the average rate across all industries. Almost half of these fatal accidents were caused by falls from height. Those working in construction have the right to work in...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific requirements - Construction - Construction design and management - Roles and responsibilities - Contractors - 7065
    A contractor includes anyone who, as their business, carries out, manages or controls construction work. This wide definition encompasses sub-contractors, sole traders, self-employed workers and businesses. Businesses have to abide by their duties as contractors whether the workers under their control are their employees, self-employed or agency workers.
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific requirements - Construction - Documentation - 7200
    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 requirements - Construction - Site health and safety - 7350
    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. Contractors must ensure that the relevant health and safety measures are in place for the parts of the site that...
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  • Health & Safety Memo - Specific requirements - Construction - Site health and safety - Vehicles - 7620
    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 ¶5300+. 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 requirements - Construction - Site health and safety - Demolition and dismantling - 7780
    Demolition is a high-risk activity that requires careful planning in order for it to be carried out safely. The size and structural nature of the building will determine the level of planning required. Demolition work may be carried out on a whole building or part of a structure. Demolition work poses many risks, including: - falls from height (¶5100+); - falling materials; - uncontrolled collapse; - those from connected services, e.g. gas, electricity, which must either be disconnected or (if this is not...
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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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