Construction

We can act as your safety inspectors, carrying out site inspections on a pre–agreed or random schedule and write you a report detailing our findings

 

Construction site safety

The building industry continues to have high death and injury rates, and smaller sites such as domestic extensions are among the worst. At the moment there is no legal requirement for these smaller projects to have any external inspections, however they still need to comply with the various regulations.

Smaller projects are not exempt from HSE spot checks – the HSE can and do inspect these sites and can issue fines called Fee For Intervention (FFI) which they charge at the rate of £127 per hour if they find ‘material breaches’ of H&S Law.

So how can we help?

We can act as your safety inspectors, carrying out site inspections on a pre–agreed or random schedule and write you a report detailing our findings. We can then work with you to help rectify any failings we find – before the HSE do! We operate a system of safety notices we can hand out to errant site workers so that any lapses can be followed up.

Risk assessments and method statements

Many tradesmen come to us when they are asked to provide Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS) for the work they are going to do on a particular site. It may be they have never been asked to provide RAMS before and they have no idea how to start, or they are repeat customers, using us to write their documentation for every job or new client. As with all our documentation the RAMS are written specifically for each client and are tailored specifically to the work you do.

We have been using Rob Slater as our Health and Safety Consultant since August of 2011. Rob has been a source of endless knowledge in re-writing our Health and Safety Policies and assisting us greatly with all of our accreditations. He has been friendly, professional, and reliable throughout, always available to answer any questions, and always willing to help wherever he can.

Michelle Gibbins

Office Manager, Poulton Remedial Services

CDM (Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015)

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations changed in 2015. Anything that involves building or altering a structure now falls under CDM including works to ‘domestic premises’.

One of the main requirements under CDM 2015 is the need for Clients to appoint a Principal Designer (often this is the architect) to make sure suitable Health & Safety procedures are in place.

However Architects are not normally best placed to deal with health & safety on site so this is where we come in. Formerly Registered CDM-Coordinators (RMaPS) we now act as CDM-Advisors to the Principal Designer and the Client.
We can carry out the pre-start site inspections and write the Pre-Construction Information Pack to give to your Principal Contractor/ builder, so they can factor in the health, safety and welfare requirements they are legally obliged to. We can also act as the Principal Contractor/ builder’s H&S advisor, making sure he has everything in place to run a safe project. This may include writing his Construction Phase Health & Safety Plan or carrying out site inspections.

We can offer a full CDM-A service including notifying the HSE where needed, working with your design team , making sure that health, safety and welfare has been properly factored in, writing the Pre Construction Information Pack to give to your chosen Principal Contractor, and assessing the adequacy of his Construction Health and Safety Plan.

If you are acting as Principal Contractor we can write your Construction Health and Safety Plan for submission to the Client/Principal Designer or his CDM Advisor. We can also help in assessing your chosen sub-contractors for their health and safety compliance, and reviewing the working documents supplied by them.

If required we can also monitor safety progress on site. We can write your site Risk Assessments and help with your Method Statements to ensure that you are seen as compliant by your clients. Our Risk Assessment and Method Statement forms have been developed to be very user friendly – the idea being if they are easy to use your site staff will use them. And by using them it will help create a safer working environment.