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Do we really care about health and safety?

Do we really care about health and safety?

11 January 2015 Email this article

Construction News’ ‘Big Debate’ series, in conjunction with IPAF brings together a range of industry experts to grapple with the big issues in Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPS).

The panel included HSE construction inspector, Justine Lee; Skyjack product & business development manager, David Hall; IPAF Technical & Safety Executive, Chris Wraith; Loxam Access managing director, Brian Stead, and was chaired by Construction News’ Andrew Gaved.

The panel concluded that the UK construction industry is more proactive with its approach to safety and training when compared to its European peers, while the HSE’s Justine Lee highlighted the role that bodies such as the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has in taking forward things that HSE might not be able to ask for specifically, such as secondary guarding - which has been mandated by UKCG when undertaking certain specified activities on its sites.

The group agreed that a priority group when it came to health and safety should be the ‘jobbing builder’ who typically carry out short-duration jobs such as quick repairs or surveying something and that time pressure and poor training were commonly factors in accidents taking place.

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