Construction Traffic Management Plan - A 10 Step Guide

The Traffic Management Problem.

Construction sites can be crowded because they require access for workers, deliveries, and equipment. In order to protect the workforce from fatal and serious accidents, a traffic management plan is crucial. 

Traffic management is one of the top Health & Safety risks in construction so, in this post, we'll look at ten examples of how to manage traffic during the construction phase. 

Construction sites are places where people and machinery frequently interact. And, even though plant and equipment is essential to help workers with tasks like digging and moving materials, it also possesses a risk. 

The reality is it there won't be a happy ending if a worker is struck by a machine on the move. 

It’s true to say that other industries have traffic movement issues. However, compared to most industries, construction sites can be more difficult when it comes to traffic management. 

The issue with construction is that each site is unique due to factors such as site layout, access points, requirements, tasks, equipment, the number of workers, and a variety of other factors. 

Additionally, different layout configurations are required for the same site at various stages of the project. So, now you have an idea why construction traffic management systems are critical to a safe working environment.

 

10 Solutions to traffic management problems.

 

1 Minimise Movement On Site.   

Even though traffic around construction sites is generally unavoidable, it should be minimized as much as possible. Let’s face it, accident prevention up front is always better than accident cure after the event.

Do vehicles for employees need to be on the site? Possibly not. Would arranging the site's layout so that storage space is near the entrance help lessen the volume of traffic that must pass through the area? Most likely, yes. 

There should be as little movement as possible of any vehicles on the site. Using one-way systems and creating turning circles to prevent reversing can be a great way to increase safety because reversing is typically where visibility problems and fatal accidents can happen.

 

2. Ensure Site Plant Is Kept Away From Hazards.

Although, wherever possible, you should ensure that your traffic plan permits safe and level traffic routes until the project is completed, more often than not, construction sites do not have the luxury of a finished road or traffic route during the construction phase. 

This means that drivers of machines and vehicles on your site need to be aware of more than just people. Why? Because there’s always a risk of vehicles overturning, which can be created by excavations, uneven terrain, or unstable ground. 

However, that's not the only challenge a construction site faces. There are also a number of risks that could involve machinery and plant. 

Remember that construction sites are usually busy places with hazards such as overhead cables, services, watercourses, temporary construction elements, new structures, skips, and waste materials. 

Therefore, sufficient consideration should be given to these hazards when planning your vehicle access and egress routes

 

3. Keep Non Essential People Away From Plant And Machinery.

The easiest way to stop people being hit by a moving vehicle on your site is to keep pedestrians and vehicles as far apart as possible. 

Granted, this is a lot easier said than done, but by focusing attention on areas where people are unavoidably moving to and from their work areas, greater control can be maintained. 

It’s worth noting that the majority of construction transport accidents result from the inadequate separation of pedestrians and vehicles. No one is expecting to come into contact with an excavator when they are heading to the canteen. 

And it’s a fact that people are more likely to come into contact with vehicles when they are maneuvering or moving on or off the site. So, without doubt, unmanaged traffic routes are high-risk places, but planned traffic routes enable people and machines to be safely kept apart. 

This is why separate pedestrian and vehicle entrances, access routes, are advisable wherever possible, with safe and clear crossing places clearly identified.

“Struck by moving vehicle accounted for 23 fatal injuries to workers in 2021/22, representing 19% of the total number of deaths over the year.”

 

4. There's No Need For Speed.

The faster plant and the vehicles move, the less time drivers have to react and the less chance pedestrians have to move out of the way. 

Although it should be a top priority to keep site traffic and pedestrians apart, there will frequently be crossing points and other locations where they might, or even have to, come together. 

After evaluating a particular area, choose an appropriate speed limit. Use highly visible signs to make the speed limit known; site speed limits should also be a subject highlighted in inductions and constantly monitored.

 

5. The Importance Of Visibility.

It’s fairly obvious that excavations, uneven ground, additional plant and equipment, additional structures, waterways, and materials can pose a challenge to traffic management planning. 

And it’s also obvious that the ability to see them is absolutely critical. Good visibility is essential for safe traffic movement on site, which means that all potential hazards should be clearly and appropriately signed. 

Maneuverability and movement on the site can be assisted by mirrors, cameras, alarms, and banksmen. Pedestrians on your site should wear high-viz clothing at all times. There might also be a need for additional lighting during the months with dark mornings and afternoons.

 

6. Be Prepared For Change.

Due to the nature of the work done on construction sites, the site layout is likely to change as buildings and other structures progress.

Therefore, it is possible for on-site plant and vehicle movements to become dangerous if your traffic management plan is not updated or is not in place at all. 

As the project progresses and the site layout changes, it is imperative that you keep your traffic management plans current.

 

7 Train For Success.

All plant operators must be competent and physically fit. When workers attempt to operate vehicles they lack the necessary training for, accidents may result. 

Only after competence has been verified and the appropriate training has been given, should permission be granted to operate plant and/or machinery on-site. 

Additionally, training is also required for banksmen and signallers, who assist drivers and direct traffic movements as well.

 

8 Information Is Key.

You have a plan of action, access routes, and a speed limit. The next step is to make sure everyone is aware of it.  

The traffic plan and site rules should be understood by both drivers and pedestrians. You can communicate your traffic rules using inductions, toolbox talks, instructions, and safety briefings. 

You can also use traffic light systems, speed checks, speed limit signs, and road signs around the site as well. 

Display a site map with traffic routes in the site offices, canteens, and mark those routes with danger signs and flags, and include traffic management in the general induction.

 

9. Maintain clear routes.

You’ve probably heard the old saying about waiting for a bus and then several arriving all at once. The same can occur with deliveries, especially during the setup stage and peak build periods.

To manage vehicle movements safely, schedule deliveries and other vehicle movements well in advance. The site will be less congested (and safer) the fewer vehicles there are on site at once. 

Keep your access routes clear to prevent drivers from looking for an alternative way around because everyone likes a shortcut and no accident is ever going to happen to them (so they think). 

One of the key areas HSE inspectors focus on during site visits is that sites are well organised and walkways and access routes are free of obstructions. Don’t disappoint them.

 

10 Inspect and Maintain.

For obvious reasons, all on-site equipment, including vehicles, must be safely maintained. As part of that maintenance, built-in controls like guards, brakes, and alarms must be checked to ensure they function properly.

It is a legal requirement that plant and machinery be maintained and in good working order. Therefore, make sure your plant and vehicles are regularly inspected, maintained, and records kept so that it is safe for them to be used on site. 

Don't let standards slip once other project demands take over; maintaining your traffic management plan is an ongoing requirement.

Get banksman/traffic marshals' feedback on potential updates and apply as necessary. Make sure your plan is effective by monitoring and reviewing it frequently.

 

Finally.

If you apply the ten tips above you will be well on the way to having a good working traffic management plan and you’ll help people on your site to avoid being another traffic injury statistic.

Kate Hewitt - Project Manager

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When Do CDM Regulations Apply?

CDM Regulations…when do they actually apply?

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, commonly known as CDM regulations, are a set of health and safety regulations that apply to almost all construction projects in the UK. 

The regulations aim to ensure that construction work is carried out safely, with the welfare of workers and members of the public being given top priority.

 

Do CDM regulations apply to all projects?

CDM regulations apply to all construction projects in the UK, regardless of the size or type of the project. This includes everything from small-scale home improvements to large-scale commercial developments. 

The regulations apply to any person or organisation involved in the construction project, including clients, designers, contractors, and workers.

 

What are the client's duties?

Under the CDM regulations, the client has a number of key duties, including appointing competent designers and contractors, ensuring that a suitable and sufficient construction phase plan is in place, and ensuring that all parties have the necessary information and instruction to carry out their duties safely.

 

What are the designers and contractors duties?

Designers and contractors also have a range of duties under the regulations, including ensuring that the project is designed and constructed in a way that is safe and healthy, and providing information and instruction to workers and other duty holders.

 

What are the principal designer and principal contractors duties?

The CDM regulations also require the appointment of a principal designer and a principal contractor on all projects where there is more than one contractor involved. 

The principal designer is responsible for coordinating the health and safety aspects of the design work, while the principal contractor is responsible for coordinating the health and safety aspects of the construction work.

 

Do CDM regulations apply throughout the life of a project?

It is important to note that the CDM regulations apply throughout the life of the project, from the initial planning and design stages, through to the construction and completion of the project. 

This means that all parties involved in the project must take their duties and responsibilities seriously throughout the entire process.

 

In summary

The CDM regulations apply to all construction projects in the UK, regardless of size or type, and apply to all parties involved in the project, including clients, designers, contractors, and workers. 

The regulations aim to ensure that construction work is carried out safely, with the welfare of workers and members of the public being given top priority.

Kate Hewitt - Project Manager

 

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The Essential Components of a Pre Construction Information Pack

What is a Pre-Construction Information Pack?

The Pre Construction Information Pack (PCIP) is a document which contains essential information related to a construction project. 

It includes data that the Client already holds or is able to easily access and obtain in order to provide appropriate guidance for relevant CDM Duty Holders, including Designers, Contractors and Principal Contractors. 

While not explicitly referenced in the CDM 2015, the regulations do state that pre-construction information should be presented in an organised, clear and easy-to-understand format.

Pre Construction Information is a critical step in meeting the requirements laid out in the Regulations. 

Designers must take all pre-construction data into consideration when drawing up their designs, and then Contractors or Principle Contractors need to use that information to fulfill their responsibilities for the Construction Phase Plan.

 

Developing The Pre-Construction Information.

Under the CDM Regulations, it is the Client's responsibility to provide a Pre Construction Information Pack to each Designer and Contractor as soon as possible. 

It falls to the Principal Designer, once appointed, to collate this information and present it in an accessible form. 

The Pre Construction Information Pack is constantly evolving, being edited and updated based on any new information that develops during the pre-construction phase.

 

Pre Construction Information Contents.

Pre Construction Information (PCI) is an essential document that dictates a project's construction requirements. 

According to UK HSE Guidance L153, PCI must be relevant to the particular project and include an appropriate level of detail proportionate to the risk involved. 

At a minimum, PCI should contain:

 

1. Project Overview

An overview of the project, as well as any key dates and the contact details of the project team. This will provide a clear summary of the work being undertaken and ensure everyone involved is aware of essential timelines and points of contact.

 

2. Conditions & Requirements

The client's conditions and management requirements like management arrangements for the project, objectives and restrictions of the client, monitoring review setup for the workforce, site inductions, security measures, and welfare conditions.

 

3. Health & Safety Details

Details related to the health and safety of all those involved in the project. This includes requirements for site segregation, vehicles/pedestrians movements, fire and emergency procedures, as well as any specific rules set out by the client.

 

4. Environmental Restrictions

Existing environmental restrictions or on-site risks that must be addressed prior to the start of construction. This includes safety hazards and health hazards that must be identified, evaluated and controlled in order to ensure a safe working environment.

 

5. Risk Management Information

Information essential in managing risks associated with the design and construction of a project. In order to prevent any potential hazards, information about such designs must be evaluated and precautions taken for certain materials if needed.

This will help mitigate the significant design risks that have been identified throughout the design process.

 

6. Guidelines for the Construction Phase Plan

7. The Health & Safety File

8. Site Specific Information

Any additional site-specific information that may be relevant to the project should be included in the PCIP. This may include information about nearby buildings, roads, the environment or public areas.

It is important that the PCIP is reviewed and updated regularly throughout the project to ensure that all information is accurate and up-to-date.

This will help to ensure that the risks associated with the project are effectively managed, and that everyone involved in the project can work safely.

In conclusion, a Pre-Construction Information Pack is an essential tool for managing health and safety risks associated with construction work.

 

Kate Hewitt - Project Manager

 

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Health And Safety File - Roles & Responsibilities

What is a CDM Health and Safety file?

A health and safety file must be produced in accordance with the 2015 Construction (Design & Management) Regulations. 

The health & safety file is a repository of details for the client, or end user, about a building or structure that focuses on health and safety.

Its contents will inform those in charge of the building of the main health and safety risks that must be addressed during any maintenance, repair, cleaning, demolition, and construction work. 

By lowering the cost of future work, the CDM health and safety file can offer the client significant advantages. 

In accordance with the CDM Regulations, it is a crucial component of the pre-construction data that the client must offer for upcoming projects. Therefore, after any pertinent work, surveys, etc., the file should be kept current.

 

When Is It Necessary To Have The File?

Only projects involving multiple contractors are required to have a CDM health and safety file. 

It must include pertinent information about the project that will be taken into account when building work is done on the structure after the current project is finished. 

Only the data necessary for planning and carrying out future work safely and without health risks should be included.

 

Who Creates or Puts Together The File?

The file must be created by the principal designer, who must also review, update, and revise it as the project moves forward.  

The finished file must be given to the client to keep if the principal designer's appointment lasts until the project is finished. 

The file must be turned over to the principal contractor in the event that the principal designer's appointment expires before the project is finished.

 After that, it is the principal contractor's responsibility to review, amend, and revise it before delivering it to the client.

 

CDM Health & Safety File Contents (What should be included)

The file is an important document required by the CDM regulations. All CDM duty holders are required to provide information for the file, and it's critical that everyone is aware of what should be included. 

Here's a summary of the contents:

 

Clients: The client is responsible for providing any pertinent data that will be included in the health and safety file. 

Upon receiving the final health and safety file from the principal designer/principal contractor, the client is required to make it available for inspection upon request at the end of the project.

 

Designers: Before a project is finished, all designers must give the principal designer information about foreseeable health and safety risks as well as risks that still exist that are relevant to future cleaning, maintenance, construction, and demolition work.

 

Principal Designer: As the project moves forward, the principal designer is responsible for preparing, reviewing, amending, or adding to the file. At the project's conclusion, the principal designer must provide the client with the finalised document.

 

Principal Contractor: The principal contractor is in charge of making sure that pertinent health and safety data is compiled from designated sub-contractors and prepared for inclusion in the file. 

In the event that the principal designer leaves the project before it is finished, the principal contractor is in charge of finishing the file and delivering it to the client or end user.

 

Contractors: Contractors are in charge of making sure that any information required by the principal contractor is released as soon as possible and added to the file.

 

Lisa Carr - Project Manager

 

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What Is The Role Of A Contract Administrator?

What Does A Contract Administrator Do?

 

Basically the role of a contract administrator (CA) is to manage contracts made between building contractors, employers, and clients.

 

Their responsibility is to administer construction contracts, whereby they may act as project managers , engineers, consultants, or client representatives.

 

This includes making sure that the other party has received payment for services rendered as well as providing any necessary assistance to make sure the work is completed. 

Responsibilities of the contracts administrator


The CA will ordinarily have a range of responsibilities and duties. 

In broad terms, these responsibilities and duties will include ensuring the contractual procedure provided for is followed and managing the day-to-day running of the contract. 


The scope of the responsibilities and duties resting with the contract administrator will vary depending on the contract between the parties. 

 

Contract administrator example


An example of this is that under the JCT form of contract, the CA may be required to determine when practical completion is achieved, approve the quality of materials to be used or provide instructions if there are discrepancies in the documentation. 


Under the NEC form of contract, he or she is the project manager, and the role therefore extends to proactively managing the project. 

 

Can Anyone Be A Contract Administrator?


The position may be undertaken by a range of individuals, these include architects, engineers, building surveyors, quantity surveyors, or any agent of the employer. 

 
The role of the CA starts at the contract award stage and continues throughout the life of the contract. 


The role does not technically commence until a building contract is in place between the employer and the contractor. 


However, there may be an implied requirement for the contract administrator to perform pre-contract services, which will be covered by a formal or informal arrangement with the employer.


The contract administrator’s role will usually be determined by the method of procurement, while the contract administrator’s duties will be derived from the form of building contract.


The professional appointment for the CA will usually set out the 'standard of care' to be exercised by the CA.


Final Thoughts…


The role of the contracts administrator can add real value to a construction project—ensuring that the construction contract is administered fairly and effectively. 


Selecting an experienced CA and ensuring that roles are clearly defined from the start are the keys to a successful contract administrator relationship. 

I hope that now the answer to the question What Does a Contract Administrator do is much clearer? 

 

Natalie Hewitt: BA(Hons) BArch(Hons) ARB RIBA CEO & Architect

 

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Do You Need A Construction Phase Plan?

A Construction Phase Plan Outline.

The phrase "construction phase plan" (CPP) is likely to be used if you work in the construction industry or take on your first construction project.

However, what exactly is a construction phase plan? When is it required, and who writes it?

What Exactly Is A Construction Phase Plan?

A CPP is a health and safety document required under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations - often referred to as CDM.

Every construction project, whether it is commercial or residential, regardless of size or duration, is subject to the CDM Regulations.

The construction phase plan, also known as the CPP or the construction phase health and safety plan, is a record needed by the CDM regulations on every project.

'Yes', a construction phase plan is necessary for every construction project.

The CPP is a health and safety management document for the project.  It outlines the strategy for completing the work safely. It will contain information about the project, the kind of work, the team, and emergency plans.

The contents of the plan need to be specific to the project. Primarily because every construction project is different. For example, there’s different teams, different locations, and different types of work to be considered.

How you’ll handle health and safety issues on your site should be covered in detail in your construction phase plan.

Question Time:

Ask yourself these questions. How will you deal with the risks and hazards involved? How are you going to manage the contractors? How will you respond to particular difficulties like location limitations or uncommon design elements?

Although it's a good idea to refer to your standard operating procedures, including them all in your construction phase plan is usually not a good idea because it could prevent people from seeing the crucial information they actually need to know.

Make sure your construction phase plan is more than just a list of risk assessments and method statements for various project-related tasks and activities. These are separate documents that are necessary for every project contractor.

 

A List Of Key Headings you will need

 

Description of The Project

 

You will describe the project's details and its scope in the description. Along with the project management team (client, primary designer(s), designers, principal contractor, and other consultants), you should also list subcontractors and important suppliers.

In summary:

Project Management

As a health and safety management document, the construction phase plan should include an extensive section outlining the management plans for the work.

The project's management structure should be described in depth, including the site manager and any individuals responsible for health and safety. Additionally, you must make plans for management practices, including site inductions, training, security, welfare, accident management, and coordination between the relevant parties.

Along with the site rules and your fire and emergency protocols, you will also include information on the project's safety goals and objectives.

In Summary:

Arrangements For Managing Construction Health Risks

For obvious reasons, health risks should be identified and controlled.

This section of the construction phase plan details how you will manage health risks throughout the project.

Take into account any risks that could endanger the health of workers, guests, or the general public. Health hazards like asbestos, contaminated ground, radiation, and dangerous substances might be present.

In this part, you can also discuss things like manual labour, noise, dust, and vibration exposure.

In Summary:

Arrangements For Controlling Safety Risks

You must include more specific information about any substantial safety risks in this section and give any actions that could increase the possibility of accidents occurring on the project more thought.

Determine safety concerns and establish a plan to effectively manage them. This will contain plans for handling services, structures, excavations, lifting activities, and any on-site machinery or equipment.

Routes for deliveries and traffic, the intended storage of products, and potential risks to the general public should all be taken into consideration.

Summary:

The Health & Safety File

There is a different document required under CDM, which is the health and safety file. It is not necessary until the end of the project, in contrast to the construction phase plan. Nevertheless, data for the file should be gathered during the project.

Describe the procedures used to acquire data for the health and safety file in this section. Additionally, you can provide the file's suggested structure and the required information's format.

Summary:

In conclusion, all construction projects, no matter the size or duration, are legally required to have a Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan.

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HSE Top 10 Safety Risks In Construction?

Construction sites can be extremely dangerous environments and pose significant health and safety risks. Reports from the HSE show that the construction sector has the second-highest rate of accidents, incidents, health conditions, and deaths reported. So what are the main hazards to be aware of when working in construction?

Working At Height

Working at height means working in any place where, if precautions are not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.

This includes working where you are;

Work at height does not include a slip or a trip on the level, as a fall from height has to involve a fall from one level to a lower level, nor does it include walking up and down a permanent staircase in a building.

Slips, Trips & Falls

Slips, trips and falls are the most common health and safety risks on construction sites that are not effectively managed so that workers can move around the site safely.

Sites should be kept clean and tidy to reduce the risk of someone injuring themselves.

Things to look out for are uneven surfaces, obstacles, trailing cables, wet or slippery surfaces and changes in levels.

Hazardous Substances

We've known for a long time now that asbestos is hazardous to health, which is why it was banned in 1999. But many other substances can cause ill health in the construction industry. These can include;

Exposure to mild steel welding fumes has very recently been classified as carcinogenic, and the Health and Safety Executive has stepped up visits to construction sites to check on how they are controlling dust created.

So, make sure you assess the risks associated with substances and materials before you start your work.

Manual Handling

Manual handling is inevitable in construction due to the nature of the job, but musculoskeletal disorders make up 62% of all reported construction ill health during 2019.

Ensuring that your workers are training in the best manual handling techniques helps take one step closer to reducing this number, but also providing alternative mechanical aids to help with movement of materials etc will help to reduce the number of reports.

Many things can help towards the risks associated with manual handling however the first step is to assess the risks particular to a project.

Fire

Fire is a hazard in any working environment and can have devastating effects. Ensuring you assess all the risks is imperative, think about how a fire could be started and how you will safely evacuate everyone from your site should a fire start.

Are any hot works being carried out, are there combustible materials on-site, and how will you raise the alarm. These are just a couple of questions you should be asking yourself.

Structural Stability

Ensuring your structure is stable is imperative, you should assess the risks and put in control measures to prevent unintentional collapse during alterations, demolition and dismantling. This also includes assessing the risks of collapse of an excavation.

You may look at introducing temporary supports, just remember that these need to be designed by a competent person and monitored throughout use.

Construction Traffic

The law says that you must organise a construction site so that vehicles and pedestrians using site routes can move around safely.

The easiest way to prevent injuries is to segregate vehicles and pedestrians by providing specific entrances for vehicles, creating walkways and crossings for pedestrians and providing barriers between walkways and roadways. There are further control measures that will help, so you should ensure you assess all the risks prior to starting work.

You should also ensure that drivers and pedestrians have a clear sight of their paths through the site.

Reversing vehicles is a major cause of fatal accidents and should always be avoided where possible. One way systems should be implemented or turning circles installed where possible. Where reversing of vehicles is the only option, trained banksmen should be used to aid the reversing.

Electricity

Electrical equipment used on site should be safe and properly maintained. Battery-powered tools are always preferable where possible.

Only in exceptional circumstances should work be carried out on live systems. It should only be carried out by a competent, authorised person. When carrying out works internally, you must ensure that they are planned, managed and monitored to ensure that workers are not exposed to risks from electricity.

Make sure that prior to carrying out any external works, you are aware of any buried services or overhead cables that workers could potentially come into contact with. If these are present, you will need to ensure that controls are put in place.

Demolition

Demolition, dismantling and structural alterations must be carefully planned and carried out in a way that does not pose a risk of injury to people.

Works should always be planned by competent people who have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to carry out the work.

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Who Is Responsible For Health And Safety On A Construction Site?

The construction industry has one of the highest rates of accidents and injuries in the UK, and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 are in place to ensure that health and safety are planned, managed and monitored prior to works starting and throughout the construction phase. But who is responsible for health and safety on a construction site?

The Principal Contractor is the person or organisation who is carrying out the majority of the work on a construction site and is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of workers and members of the public whilst construction are taking place.

They are responsible for ensuring that relevant documentation is produced detailing how they will manage health and safety on-site, ensuring workers are inducted onto the site and reviewing processes and procedures throughout the construction, amongst other things!

Contractors have a responsibility to assess the processes and procedures that they are responsible for and work with the Principal Contractor to ensure that they are being carried out in the safest possible way whilst working alongside other contractors that may be on site.

Workers also have a responsibility to take steps to ensure not only their own health and safety but that of others around them. They should follow all site rules and any procedures laid down at induction and report any concerns they have on health and safety to the Principal Contractor.

So ultimately, everyone has a responsibility for health and safety on a construction site, and everyone must work together to ensure that accidents and incidents do not occur. Safety at work doesn't happen unless all parties buy into it.

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What Do Health And Safety Consultants Do?

Each year thousands of work-related accidents, incidents and fatalities are reported to the HSE. So ensuring that your working environment is a safe and healthy one for people to work in is important. This is where health and safety consultants can help.

But how can you do this if you don't know much about how to manage health and safety practically or don't have a clue about all the different rules and regulations that have to be followed. If health and safety are not considered, you are putting your people at risk and also your business.

If you don't have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience in-house, then one of the best ways to ensure you are complying with the necessary regulations is to employ a Health & Safety Consultant, this does not have to be in-house, and often the best approach is to employ someone who is outside of your business as they will have an independent view. But what will they do?

The first thing any good health and safety consultant will do is spend time in your business, getting to know your processes, your buildings, your people and your structure. It is important that they get to know as much as possible about your business so that they can understand if there are any risks associated with your processes.

 

Whether this is office work or out on a construction site, the risks are different in each environment, so having a broad knowledge of all industries is important.

Health and safety consultants will provide advice and guidance on what you need to do as a business to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all the other regulations that sit underneath it, of which there are many!

They can help you by writing the necessary documentation that you need, such as health and safety policies, risk assessments and safe systems of work.

The one thing that they can't do is ensure that you and the people you work with are following the guidance that they have given you. That is your responsibility, a consultant can provide you with all the advice and guidance in the world, but unless you follow it, it's not worth the paper it's written on.

If you need help with looking after the health and safety of your business, give Hewitt&Carr Services a call and let us talk to you about how we can help you.

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Email: hello@hc-services.uk

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HSE Annual Workplace Fatalities 2019/2020

The Health and Safety Executive have recently issued a report summarising the details of workplace fatalities in Great Britain from 2019 to 2020.

The headline figure shows that during 2019 and up to March 2020, a total of 111 people have died carrying out work-related duties, this is a decrease of 38 from the previous year.

Unfortunately, the construction industry had the highest number of workplace fatalities, with a total of 40 deaths for the period. However, when looking at the fatal injury rate in terms of the number of fatalities per 100,000 workers then, agriculture, forestry and fishing, along with the waste and recycling industry, come out worse than construction.

The largest amount of fatalities were due to falls from height, with 29 fatalities recorded. Being struck by a moving vehicle came in second with 20 fatalities.

As with previous reports, the figures do not include deaths related to occupational diseases and therefore do not represent any deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The HSE has advised that separate data will be released specifically to COVID-19 at a later date. You can view the full report here.

Any loss of life is tragic, but Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work. However, the figures show that there are still areas that can be improved and show the importance of managing health and safety appropriately.

If you are in the construction industry and you need help with your health and safety, give Hewitt&Carr Services a call today.

Tel: 01538 711777

Email: hello@hc-services.uk

Web: https://hc-services.uk/cdm-health-safety/

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